Jose Reyes was not tendered by Tuesday's deadline
Jose Reyes was not tendered by Tuesday's deadline

Posted Dec 13, 2006

Catcher Jose Reyes and right-handed pitcher Adam Harben became free agents late Tuesday when the Cubs did not tender contracts to either player for the 2007 season.

The 22-year-old Reyes saw action in 84 minor league games a season ago and batted .238 between Double-A West Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He saw five at-bats with the major league team as a September call-up.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1999, Reyes is a career .250 hitter in seven minor league seasons. Primarily known for his defense, he threw out 39 percent of opposing runners last season, committing three errors and equally as many passed balls.

Harben, acquired in the trade that sent Phil Nevin to Minnesota on Aug. 31, made 22 starts and appeared in 29 games for Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League a season ago. He was 4-9 with a 3.96 ERA, striking out 74 and walking 67 in 122 2/3 innings.

Selected in the 15th round of the 2002 draft, Harben is a career 32-28 pitcher with a 3.40 ERA in five minor league seasons. He won 10 games for Class-A Fort Myers of the Florida State League in 2005, in which he posted the league’s fourth best ERA (2.66) in 25 starts.

Upon joining the Cubs, Harben made three starts for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League before being shut down with elbow soreness. He allowed five runs and 10 hits in seven innings for a 6.43 ERA.

Cubs Farm Director Oneri Fleita told Inside The Ivy Wednesday that the club would be re-signing Harben to a minor league contract through next season.

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