|Designated for assignment after the Reds traded for Jeff Conine, Brendan Harris found a new home Tuesday. The Devil Rays acquired him for a player to be named later or cash considerations. |
March 29 update: The Reds received cash considerations from the Devil Rays to complete the trade.
|The Big Leaguers|
|Harris, 26, was the Cubs’ fifth-round pick in 2004 out of William & Mary. He was one of Chicago’s top position prospects when he went to the Expos in the Nomar Garciaparra/Orlando Cabrera four-team trade in July 2004. Harris was traded again last July, as part of an eight-player deal that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to Washington. Harris hits for average with gap power, batting .300/.381/.463 with 10 homers and 60 RBIs in 102 Triple-A games in 2006. He hasn’t had as much success in limited big league duty over the last three years, hitting .209/.275/.345 with three homers and nine RBIs in 110 at-bats over 52 games. Harris played all four infield positions and even a game at catcher in 2006. His best defensive positions are second or third base, as he has arm strength but limited range.|
|Harris could make the Rays in 2007 as a utilityman with some offensive prowess. But once Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac join the Tampa Bay infield, Ben Zobrist probably becomes the utilityman and Harris once again will be looking for a job.|