Phillies, Cubs swap pitchers

August 7, 2008 4:42:13 PM PDT
Lefty reliever Scott Eyre was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for a minor league pitcher. The Phillies sent right-hander Brian Schlitter to Chicago in the trade between NL division leaders.

Eyre was 2-0 with a 7.15 ERA in 19 games over two stints with the Cubs. The 36-year-old Eyre was designated for assignment earlier this week.

Eyre didn't allow a run in his first 14 games (nine innings) and has held left-handed hitters to a .259 batting average.

In June, Eyre set a Cubs record with 33 consecutive scoreless appearances. The span that started in August 2007 spanned 23 2-3 innings.

Eyre was in the final season of a three-year contract. He is 23-29 with a 4.42 ERA and four saves in 556 games with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto, San Francisco and the Cubs.

Schlitter, a 16th-round pick in 2007, was 4-3 with six saves and a 2.22 ERA in 34 games for Class A Clearwater. He will report to Class A Daytona Beach.