As noted in the comments below, Austin Kearns has requested a trade. What is also interesting is that Dan O’Brien evidently lied to Kearns’ face, in true Bowdenesque fashion:
When he was sent down before the June 13-15 Boston series, Kearns asked about a trade and was told by general manager Dan O’Brien that there was no interest in him.
“I called him on that because I’ve heard there is,” said Kearns. “When Washington was in town, (Nationals general manager) Jim Bowden told both Adam Dunn and me he continues to try to make trades for us.”
Bowden, though, has said that his phone calls to the Reds are not returned and his e-mails to the Reds are not answered.
The Chicago Cubs have interest in Kearns and when the Atlanta Braves were in town manager Bobby Cox pointedly asked, “What’s going on with Kearns and why is in Louisville? I sure like that kid.”
Kearns is hitting .346 with five doubles in 26 at-bats in Louisville.
Dan O’Brien should join Miley in the unemployment line.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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