Baltimore Orioles Sign Former Texas Rangers Pitcher Willie Eyre

Alex SchuhartCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2011

Willie Eyre last pitched in the major leagues in 2009.
Willie Eyre last pitched in the major leagues in 2009.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Right-handed pitcher Willie Eyre, who pitched in the major leagues from 2006 to 2007 and again in 2009, was signed by the Baltimore Orioles on August 3. He will be assigned to their Triple-A team, the Norfolk Tides.

The 33-year-old began the 2011 season in the Oakland Athletics system, pitching for the Sacramento River Cats of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. He was 4-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 39 appearances before being granted free agency on July 31.

Eyre began his major league career with the Minnesota Twins in 2006, posting a 5.31 ERA in 42 relief appearances. He went 4-6 with a 5.16 ERA in 33 appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2007 and, after not playing at all in 2008, he posted a 4.50 ERA in 17 games for the Texas club in 2009. He spent all of 2010 in the Rangers farm system, hurling for their Triple-A team.

In addition to posting high ERAs at the big league level, Eyre is noted for his consistently high walk total (32 walks in 68 innings in 2007, for example) and a lack of pitch variety. Nevertheless, he has been called a “jack-of-all-trades pitcher with a very resilient arm” by The Sports Network.

The 6’0” pitcher began his professional career in 1999 as a starter, but by 2001 he was in the bullpen full-time. He spent the first eight years of his career in the Twins’ organization.

His brother, Scott, pitched for five teams—including the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox—between 1997 and 2009.