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Scott Eyre designated for assignment

Scott Eyre has been designated for assignment, according to Bruce Miles.

Now what does this mean? Well, in order to be designated for assignment, a player has to clear waivers. So Eyre has cleared waivers.

And remember - the "Assignment" in "Designated for Assignment" is to a team's minor league system. The upshot is that Eyre is now off the 40-man roster (which I believe now stands at 38 players.)

Former Dodgers GM (and current Padres front office type) Paul Depodesta explains the waiver trading rules. Rob Neyer of ESPN has an indispensible transactions primer. Here's the gist:

  • The Cubs have seven days to trade Eyre, likely taking on salary to do so. The Yankees and the Red Sox were both interested at the deadline.
  • If at the end of seven days the Cubs haven't traded Eyre, they can either assign Eyre to a minor league team or give him his outright release. Eyre can refuse an optional assignment, so it would be up to him, basically.

(EDIT: I should probably add that Kerry Wood was brought up to take his place.)

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