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12/30/2005 8:40 PM ET
Eric Byrnes agrees to one-year deal
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks today signed free agent outfielder Eric Byrnes to a one-year contract, as announced by Diamondbacks' Senior Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes.

"Eric brings a lot of energy to the field and the clubhouse every day and I know our fans are going to enjoy the enthusiasm with which he plays the game," said Josh Byrnes. "With the additions of Byrnes, Hudson, and Estrada, we feel that we have strengthened ourselves in the middle of the field."

Byrnes, 29, began his Major League career with the Oakland Athletics, signing as an eighth round selection in the 1998 First Year Player Draft out of UCLA. He established himself as a regular in the Oakland lineup in 2003, hitting .263 in 121 games. His best overall big league campaign followed in 2004, batting at a .283 clip with 39 doubles, 20 home runs and 73 RBI in 143 games. He opened the '05 season with the A's, but was dealt to Colorado on July 14 with infielder Omar Quintanilla and cash considerations in exchange for pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick. Eric's initial stint in the National League was short-lived, as he was traded just two weeks later on July 30 to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Larry Bigbie.

A California native, Byrnes makes his home in Woodside, CA.

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