Posted at 8:05 PM on April 29, 2008
by David Zingler
Since 2004, Twins second baseman Brendan Harris has been traded four times in deals involving 20 other players. In just over 200 games, the 27-year-old has already suited up for five different teams: Cubs, Expos/Nationals, Reds, Rays and Twins. I approached the New York native as he prepared for tonight's game against Chicago. He invited me to sit down by his locker and "party" with him:
DZ: It's a new year, you are on a new team - how's it been going for you so far?
HARRIS: So far, so good. I can't complain, I've been under the weather twice already in the first month. Other than that, no complaints - I am just trying to put together a couple of hit streaks, get on base for some guys and let them drive me in.
DZ: I noticed that you've been traded four times and played for five different teams in just over 200 games, what's that been like?
HARRIS: It's been difficult; it wouldn't have been the path I would have preferred or chosen, but I ended up in the right place at the end of the travel. I think this is it and hopefully it will work here.
DZ: Do you feel like more of a veteran than maybe your service time suggests because of (all of the movement)?
HARRIS: I guess. I mean, there's nothing there going to throw at me than is tougher than getting traded four times (laughs).
DZ: What trade has surprised you most?
HARRIS: This last one. I hadn't heard my name involved in any trades. I would say that and the first one - when I got traded from the Cubs. It just completely pulled the rug out from under me. I hadn't heard anything and was pretty surprised about both of them.
DZ: Where were you when you found out about this last trade (to the Twins)?
HARRIS: I was visiting some friends on the West Coast and I got a couple of text messages in the morning. Guys who work in cubicles were reading on-line and asked me about it...Some beat writers in Tampa had called me and asked me to comment because they said it was pretty much done. I was like "Until I get the official word, I am going to post a 'no comment.'"
DZ: Last year you played more shortstop than second base, are you getting settled into second base now?
HARRIS: Yeah. I am getting used to the turf in the Dome and I feel like I am getting a lot more comfortable.
DZ: What is your "natural" position?
HARRIS: I played short in high school and college, so I would say (shortstop).
DZ: How much did you know about the Twins coming in?
HARRIS: Not too much. They've always been a team that has built from within...It's a really respected organization, but personally I didn't know any of the guys.
DZ: One last thing; you played on the Expos in '04, right?
DZ: Were you up at the end of the year?
HARRIS: Mmm Hmm.
DZ: What was that like - seeing the franchise come to an end?
HARRIS: It was tough. They didn't have a rabid fan base, but the ones that were there were understandably upset. It really wasn't handled that well - the move - so the fans kind of got the short end of the stick. It was a good city, kind of unfortunate how they kind of hung (the fans) out to dry for about three years - leaving the team in limbo.