Phillies find their lefty: Eyre

The Phillies have added left-handed reliever Scott Eyre from the Cubs in exchange for minor league right-hander Brian Schlitter. (Getty Images)

The Phillies have been searching for another left-handed reliever since spring training. It took them four months, but it appears they have finally found one.

Scott Eyre, designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier this week, is the man.

The Phillies will need to make a roster move once he arrives, meaning it is possible that lefty J.A. Happ, a starter turned reliever, could be on his way back up the Northeast Extension.

Here's the press release from the team:

 Left-hander Scott Eyre was acquired by the Phillies from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league right-hander Brian Schlitter, Senior Vice President & General Manager Pat Gillick announced today.

Eyre, 36, had appeared in only 19 games for the Cubs this season due to two separate stints on the disabled list for left elbow inflammation and a strained left groin.  He was 2-0 with a 7.15 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings (11.1 SO/9.0 IP).  His first 14 appearances of the season were scoreless (9.0 IP).  Against the National League this season, Eyre is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 games.  Six of the nine earned runs he has allowed this year have come against American League teams.

Eyre has held left-handed hitters to a .259 (7-27) average this season and .244 (214-877) for his career.  He has pitched 1.0 scoreless inning against the NL East Division this season in two games.  Over the last five seasons (2004-08), Eyre has appeared in 317 games, the fourth-highest total among major league left-handed pitchers.  Fellow Phillie J.C. Romero is first on the list (336).

Originally selected by Texas in the ninth round of the 1991 draft, Eyre went 23-29 with four saves and a 4.42 ERA in 556 games (32 starts) for the White Sox (1997-2000), Blue Jays (2001-02), Giants (2002-05) and Cubs (2006-08).  In his last four seasons (2005-08), he has 197 strikeouts in 193.1 innings (9.2 SO/9.0 IP).

Schlitter was 4-3 with six saves and a 2.22 ERA in 34 games for single-A Clearwater.  He had 58 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.  He was a 16th round selection by the Phillies in the 2007 draft.