Giants Re-Sign Eyre to $2.45 Million Deal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Left-hander Scott Eyre agreed Friday to a $2.45 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, avoiding salary arbitration.
Eyre, a seven-year major leaguer, has gone 2-1 with one save and a 3.03 ERA in 95 relief appearances since being awarded to San Francisco on waivers from Toronto on August 8, 2002.
He gets $1,025,000 next season and $1,425,000 in 2005. He can earn an additional $270,000 in performance bonuses during the contract.
In 2003, the 31-year-old Eyre had a 3.32 ERA and pitched in a career-high 74 games for the NL West champions _ the second-highest single-season total by a lefty in Giants franchise history.
The Giants still have three players on their 40-man roster eligible for arbitration: pitcher Jim Brower, catcher A.J. Pierzynski and infielder Pedro Feliz. The club has until 9 p.m. Saturday to offer them 2004 contracts.
Earlier Friday, the Giants signed 10 minor leaguers and invited them to spring training.′
San Francisco also agreed to minor league contracts with 10 players and invited them to spring training: pitchers Brian Cooper, Chris Gissell, Matt Montgomery, Adam Pettyjohn, Kevin Pickford and Tyler Walker; infielders Brian Dallimore and Francisco Santos; and outfielders Nathan Haynes and Robert Stratton.