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Brendan Harris and Bill Bray traded to the Reds

Posted by thetribehasspoken on July 13, 2006

In an 8-player trade today, Bill Bray, Brendan Harris, Royce Clayton, Gary Majewski, and Daryl Thompson was traded to Cincinnati for Felipe Lopez, Austin Kearns, and Ryan Wagner.

ESPN’s article

Bray, a 23-year-old lefty, was the 13th overall pick in the June 2004 draft and was considered one of the Nationals’ top pitching prospects. He was 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 19 relief appearances this season, his first in the majors.

His stats have really gotten better as the year progressed(ERA was over 5), and he will be one of the top few relief pitchers on the Reds the second he walks into the clubhouse. Only one Reds relief pitcher with more than 15 IP has a better ERA than Bray. I think he could easily develop into a MLB closer of Chris Ray’s caliber(though he may not do it as soon as Ray).

Brendan Harris didn’t get much of a mention in the article, but he has produced anywhere and everywhere he has played this season. With New Orleans this year he has hit .283 and put together a .795 OPS, very good for a middle-infielder. With the big club, he hit .250 and had a .646 OPS. Not great, but you can’t expect a player to be spectacular when his only AB’s come when he’s filling in Jose Vidro is a 12-2 blowout. He can play all the infield positions save first, though, and that is very valuable with any team.

But when I take off my green and gold sunglasses, it’s pretty obvious the Nats won this deal. Lopez, Wagner, and Kearns are all solid players, and I would much rather be on that side of the deal.

Speaking of the Nats, I’ll have the pictures of Bray and Ray(though they were bad) up tonight.

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