Brendan Harris expects trade
Q'bury grad moved to make room on Reds for Conine
By WILL SPRINGSTEAD, email@example.com
Friday, December 22, 2006 6:41 AM EST
Queensbury High School graduate Brendan Harris is getting a little too familiar with moving.
On Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds designated the infielder for assignment to the minors to make room for veteran first baseman/outfielder Jeff Conine. While moving to the minor leagues wouldn't be great, it wouldn't be unusual for Harris, 26, who has gone between Triple-A and the majors for three years now.
According to Harris, Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky told him he'll likely be traded again.
Since the 2004 season, Harris has played for the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals and the Reds.
"Basically, when they designate you for assignment, they have 10 days to trade me or I go to the minors," Harris said. "(Krivsky) could barely tell me the deal that was going down, but he said they'll probably trade me.
"I guess I had some value and some teams asked about me at the winter meetings," Harris added. "I'm really not thrilled about it."
According to the Cincinnati Reds' Web site, Harris was listed second on the depth chart at second base and fourth on the chart at shortstop. In acquiring Conine, however, it allowed the Reds to get a right-handed hitter who can platoon with left-handed first baseman Scott Hatteberg as well as play the outfield. Conine played both positions with Baltimore and Philadelphia last season, hitting .268 with 10 homers and 66 RBIs. He is a two-time All-Star who bats .303 against left-handers and .280 against right-handers.
Krivsky has made a name for himself as someone who is willing to make many moves in order to win as soon as possible.
Conine was the 46th player Krivsky has acquired since beginning his duties in February.
Harris, who was originally a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2001, was traded to the Reds organization from the Nationals in July. He began his stint with the organization with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, but was called up later in the season. He appeared in eight games for the Reds and hit .200 (2-for-10) with one home run, one RBI, one walk and four strikeouts.
For his major-league career, Harris has appeared in 52 games with 110 at-bats and has a .209 average. Defensively, he has played in 36 games at third base, shortstop and second base and made only four errors.
Harris said Krivsky didn't tell him any specific teams that inquired about him.
When asked if he had a preference, Harris said, "wherever I'm going to play."
When he was acquired in July, Krivsky called Harris "a gamer."
"He plays the game hard, has got some sock in his bat, " Krivsky said in July. "He's one of the old-type baseball players: first to show up, last to leave."
Assuming he will be traded, Harris said his stint with the Reds was too brief.
"I liked the group," Harris said. "This is unexpected, so it tweaks your perception of how things went."