Saturday, December 03, 2005
Paul Byrd Born
Paul Byrd has performed the neat trick of having his career appear dead only to resurrect it not once, not twice but thrice. After two up-and-down years with the Mets, and a season and a half in
The wheels appeared to come off the tracks in 2000 though, as Byrd posted a 6.51 ERA and after an even worse start to 2001--8.10 in ten innings--Byrd was shipped off to
All those innings took their toll on Byrd' arm, and necessitated surgery causing him to miss the entire 2003 season. By now, Byrd was thirty-three and coming off major arm surgery. Few would've blamed him for calling it a career. Unwilling to do, Byrd instead returned to the Braves--with whom he had signed a contract prior to the arm troubles--and pitched well in 2004 for the Braves. After that season, he signed with the Angels and won twelve games in the regular season, plus one more in the playoffs.
Byrd is now thirty-five and a free agent once again, with reported offers as long as three years from teams like