Eyre says he will retire

Former No.1 pick Joe Savery is among the prospects receiving an invitation to Phillies spring training in 2010. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )

From Matt Gelb:

   It turns out the Phillies’ offer of a minor-league contract wasn’t the only sticking point for reliever Scott Eyre.
   The 37-year-old lefty decided to retire today after 13 seasons in the majors, according to a report on the team’s Web site.
   Eyre told the Web site that even if the team had offered a similar deal to the $2 million he made in 2009, he probably still would have retired. “I had most of this retirement thing planned out,” Eyre said. “I think even if he would have offered me a better contract, I still don’t think I would have taken it.”
   Eyre was 28-30 with a 4.23 ERA in 617 games with five teams — the Cubs, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants and Phillies. In two seasons with the Phillies, Eyre was a key part of two National League championship teams. He was 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 61 games with the Phils after joining the team in an August 2008 trade.
   The Phillies did not offer Eyre a major-league contract after he appeared in 42 regular-season and seven postseason games this season. He had off-season surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow.
   J.C. Romero, once healthy, is expected to replace the majority of Eyre’s innings as the key lefthanded reliever in the bullpen. (Romero had elbow surgery in October.) The Phillies also could sign another lefty or turn to Antonio Bastardo and Sergio Escalona for help.
    Eyre told the Phillies’ Web site that he planned to take his family on a trip out West in his RV.
   “We’re just going to drive through Utah, Oregon, Yosemite, Idaho,” Eyre said. “We don’t have anything planned. It’s my wife, my two kids and four dogs in an RV.”

  Contact staff writer Matt Gelb at 215-854-2928 or mgelb@phillynews.com.