In 2007, Eric Byrnes was playing his 10th season in the majors. He was a decent player making a little more than $2 million per year. In those years he had one full season with an average above .266. In 2006 he had his highest power production with 26 home runs and 79 RBIs.
In 2007, he had personal career highs in all offensive numbers. He batted .286 with 21 home runs and 83 RBIs. He had stolen over 20 bases in one season but in 2007, he stole 50.
Based on the results of that one season, he signed a 3 year contract for $30 million. He instantly reverted to the worst seasons of his career. IN 2008, he had 2 torn hamstrings. He played in only 52 games, batting .229 with 6 home runs and 4 stolen bases.
In 2009, he broke his wrist. He played in 84 games batting .226 with 8 home runs and 9 stolen bases. He was released at the end of the season. By the end of the 2010 season, Eric Byrnes was playing softball and getting paid by the Diamondbacks.