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Byrnes goes to third team this season

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles attempted to improve
their stagnant offense Friday night, acquiring Eric Byrnes from the
Colorado Rockies for Larry Bigbie in an exchange of outfielders.

Byrnes was hitting .189 with five RBI in 15 games since being
traded to Colorado from Oakland on July 14. With the Athletics,
however, he hit .266 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 59 games.
"We think he's someone that comes with a lot of energy,"
Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie said. "It's a new
personality in the clubhouse. It changes the mix a little bit."
The Orioles desperately needed a right-handed hitter in a lineup
laden with lefties, and they're hoping Byrnes can provide some
punch to an attack that failed to score more than three runs in
nine of its first 14 games since the All-Star break.
"He has power, he gets on base, steals bases. He's an
aggressive player," Beattie said. "He'll try to do things to help
you win. When you put that with our club, I think it's a good
match."

The Orioles also hope he can provide a boost in the outfield.
"Defensively, it would be a big uplift," Beattie said. "He
plays hard. He bounces off walls. He doesn't leave anything out
there."
Bigbie, the Orioles' first pick in the 1999 draft, hit .248 with
five homers and 21 RBI. He was removed from Friday's game against
the Chicago White Sox after three innings; his final at-bat for
Baltimore was a strikeout.
In four-plus seasons with the Orioles, he hit .271 with 31 home
runs.
Beattie will continue to work the phones until the non-waiver
trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. He believes this deal was one
that will help Baltimore in the short term, and over the long haul.
"We're still trying to improve the club," he said. "In doing
so, we did something we wanted to do to help the club for this year
but also for the next couple of years."