During an interview on XM Radio, Chad Tracy revealed his former teammate and good friend, Eric Byrnes wants to be a Chicago Cub. Tracy said Byrnes’ first choice for a new team is the Chicago Cubs.
Eric Byrnes was designated for assignment on January 15 by the D’Backs to make room on the roster for Adam LaRoche. The D’Backs signed Eric Byrnes to a three-year, $30 million extension before the start of the 2008 season … and Arizona is on the hook for the final year of the deal. The D’Backs will pay Eric Byrnes $11 million in 2010.
Chad Tracy was very forthcoming to Joe Castellano and F.P. Santangelo (a former teammate) about Eric Byrnes’ desire to play for the Cubs.
Tracy said Byrnes was very jealous of him signing a minor league deal with the Cubs and asked him to put in a good word with the Cubs’ front office.
Rumors suggested this winter that the Cubs were interested in Eric Byrnes, possibly in a deal for Milton Bradley … but Eric Byrnes has not been linked to the Cubs in several weeks by the mainstream media.
Eric Byrnes has dealt with his share of injuries over the last two seasons and played in just 52 games in 2008 and 84 games in 2009.
Chad Tracy is looking forward to playing with the Cubs and for Lou Piniella. He said he his healthy and ready to play baseball … especially day games at Wrigley Field.