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D-backs sign Byrnes to three-year extension through 201008/07/2007 5:25 PM ET
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have agreed to terms with outfielder Eric Byrnes on a three-year contract extension through the 2010 season, according to D-backs' Senior Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Byrnes, 31, is having another stellar season with the D-backs, batting .303 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI, 21 doubles, 7 triples and 28 stolen bases in 113 games this season. He currently leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage (.497), hits (135), at bats (445), runs (68), triples, RBI, total bases (221), stolen bases and games played. Heading into tonight's game, Byrnes also ranks among National League leaders in batting average (t-17th), hits (t-7th), triples (5th) and stolen bases (6th).
"Eric has played at a high level during his time here and has evolved into one of our leaders," said Josh Byrnes. "We are elated that we agreed to this extension."
Byrnes originally signed with the D-backs as a free agent on Dec. 27, 2005, after batting a combined .226 with 10 home runs, 40 RBI, 24 doubles and 7 stolen bases in 126 games with the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles during the 2005 season. During his first season with the D-backs in 2006, Byrnes set career highs with 26 home runs, 79 RBI and 25 stolen bases while also matching his career high with 143 games played. He also became the first Arizona player to steal 25 bases and hit 25 or more home runs in a season, joining Alfonso Soriano and Jimmy Rollins as the only other National League players to reach 20-20 status in 2006.
Byrnes was the Athletics' eighth-round selection in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft after compiling a .331 career batting average and Pac-10-record 75 doubles at UCLA. He was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection with the Bruins and set school records in runs (235), doubles and games played (242) from 1995-98.
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