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2.06.2007

Byrnes Reaches Deal With D'backs

The Arizona Diamondbacks have met with Eric Byrnes on a one-year, $4.575 million contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration with their acrobatic outfielder.

Byrnes, 30, hit .267 and set career highs with 26 homers and 79 RBI in his first season with Arizona last year. He also stole a career high 25 bases and matched his best stamina with 143 games played.

Byrnes became the first D'backs player to hit 25 bombs and steal 25 bags in the same season and even appeared on Baseball Tonight, sans hair-dresser, during the 2006 playoffs.

Byrnes has a career .261 batting average with 74 home runs and 259 RBI over parts of seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Arizona.

[AZ Central]

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