Wilson Valdez 2.0
#Reds sign 2B Emmanuel Burriss, C Nevin Ashley & RHRP Jeff Stevens to minor league deals.
Jeffrey Allen Stevens (born September 5, 1983, in Berkeley, California) is an American professional baseball pitcher. He was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He also attended Campolindo Highschool in Moraga.
Stevens made his professional debut with the Billings Mustangs in 2005, going 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA.
Stevens started 2006 with the Single-A Dayton Dragons. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians as the player to be named later in the Brandon Phillips trade. He was assigned to Single-A Lake County Captains where he spent the remainder of the 2006 season.
Plaxico will be happy.
Burriss is a good depth signing, given that the team needs a solid glove to backup Cozart (assuming Didi is in AAA, which is probably where he should be). Burriss is a good defender, can play around the infield, switch hits and has excellent speed. Pretty much a perfect profile for a utility infielder. He had some success in the big leagues as a 23 year old starter for the Giants a few years ago.
Reds Sign Emmanuel Burriss
In 60 games with the Giants this past season, Burriss appeared at second base, third base, shortstop and right field. The 27-year-old posted a .213/.370/.221 batting line in 150 plate appearances. Burriss, San Francisco's first round selection in 2006, would have been arbitration eligible this offseason if the Giants had kept him on their roster.
I loved Emmanuel Burris in "Webster"....will had a cute little presence to the clubhouse
He's got a lot more speed too.Quote:
Burriss is six years younger and less allergic to walks. On the whole, a slight upgrade.
Meh. Juan Pierre lite. All three signings are just AAAA chaff.
Didn't the Reds trade Jeff Stevens for Brandon Phillips? Is that the same guy?