Scott Eyre Gets Designated for Assignment

Scott Eyre, the 36 year old lefty, has been DFA'd (designated for assignment) by the Cubs. The Cubs now have 10 days to trade him or he will be released.

Eyre only appeared in 19 games this season, thanks in large part to two trips to the D.L. He had given up 9 earned runs in just 11 and 1/3 innings pitched. Even against left-handed hitters, the sole reason Lou usually brought him in, Eyre had given up 7 hits in 7 innings pitched, good for a .259 BAA.

Eyre is on the tail end of a 3 year, $11 million dollar contract. If the Cubs have to release him, they will be on the hook for the remainder of his contract, less any prorated contract a team signs him to at the major league minimum after his release.

This leaves the Cubs with only 38 men on the 40 man roster (plus Angel Guzman, who doesn't count because he's on the 60 day DL). This isn't a major impact, as the Cubs would have a 3rd spot available, if needed, by moving Chad Fox to the 60 day DL.

It will be interesting to see if he garners much interest. He has only pitched in one game in the last 45 days and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 1/3 of an inning. Lou has obviously lost confidence in him, but a lot of teams may be willing to take a flyer on him. Whether they are willing to pick up the last million or so left on his contract to make sure they get him is to be seen. I imagine the Cubs would be willing to pay a portion of that if it means that a) they don't have to pay it all and b) get some minor prospect in return.

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