In a flurry of moves in the last few moments, the Phillies have announced that they have re-signed lefthanded reliever Scott Eyre to a 1-year contract worth $2 million with performance incentives.
Eyre, 36, was acquired by the Phillies on Aug. 7 from the Chicago Cubs. In 19 appearances, he went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. For the season with both teams, Eyre posted a 5-0 record with a 4.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. He held lefthanded hitters to a .220 average with one home run allowed in 50 at-bats.
The Phillies also announced that pitching coach Rich Dubee, first-base coach Davey Lopes and hitting coach Milt Thompson all agreed to terms on contracts for the 2009 season.
Bench coach Jimy Williams was invited to return for the 2009 season, but has opted not to. As announced last week, the Phillies opted not to renew the contract of third-base coach Steve Smith and it is likely that bullpen coach Ramon Henderson, who missed the second half of the season for personal reasons, will not return.
And, the Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves in Major League Baseball’s 2009 opener on April 5. The Sunday night game, originally scheduled for the following day, will be broadcast on ESPN2, the commissioner’s office said