Eric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants:
“It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes
said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit
Byrnes, who turns 34 next month, grew up a Giants fan and still keeps
an offseason home in the area. He’d be available to sign anywhere at
the league minimum once he’s officially released by Arizona.
The Giants are set with Mark DeRosa and Aaron Rowand in left
and center, respectively, and it looks like Nate
Schierholtz will finally be provided a chance for a regular gig in right. At least Byrnes is amenable to being a complimentary piece, telling Shea “I’m not in a position to say
I’m an everyday player.”
Byrnes batted .226/.270/.390 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases in 239 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season, but missed more than two months with a fractured left hand.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.