Mets Sign Willie Harris

The Mets have signed Willie Harris to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, according to the team. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com first reported the agreement. The utility player will have a good chance of making the team's Opening Day roster, Rubin writes.

We heard last week that Harris had two offers and would not return to Washington, where he played from 2008-10. Harris played all three outfield positions and backed up at third base last year. The 32-year-old posted a .183/.291/.362 line with 10 homers in 262 plate appearances. Harris bats from the left side and generally maintains an above-average strikeout to walk ratio.

The Mets, who had been looking for a fourth outfielder, now figure to continue their search for starting pitching.


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  1. YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

    And Mets fans everywhere squirm.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      Happy Mets fans don’t squirm, dude! We jump for joy when a Met-killer who has had any number of game-changing catches against us FINALLY comes to OUR side.

      Ya gotta believe that!

      • YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

        eh it just doesnt feel right.. i would prefer to see him in Kansas City.. way, way away from us

  2. thank god, this guy has made like 7 game ending catches vs us over the past few years

  3. jp 4 years ago

    this guy was a one man wrecking crew against us. he probably singlehandedly beat us on gamewinning diving catches like 4 or 5 times in the past 3 years. just having him on our team is good karma

  4. That gives the Mets at least 2 or 3 more wins then they would have had…..this guy kills them!

  5. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    Omar most likely recommended the signing.

  6. $1519287 4 years ago

    This has been such a different offseason than what I’m used to seeing from the Mets. Hopefully for the better… but hard to tell just yet.

    – ECB

  7. Solid move. Can take a walk, has a little more pop than you’d expect. Mets need a left-handed bat for the bench and/or a versatile 4th outfielder, so hes probably that.

    He stunk last year, but that was in large part due to a .199 BABIP. I threw his numbers into the expected BABIP calculator and it came up to .321. Poor Willie really was unlucky last year.

  8. gursk1989 4 years ago

    easily my favorite move so far this offseason.

  9. JohnLucarelli 4 years ago

    from the name alone, consider my jaw dropped.

  10. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Finally won’t kill us…now for Chris Young. Hopefully…

  11. PennMariner 4 years ago

    Not a bad pickup at all, especially considering it’s a minor league deal for nothing much more than a potential 4th OF. Only two season ago he was a 3.2 WAR player.

  12. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    LOLZ now he goes from one crap team to one EVEN crappier.

    • guarantee the mets will finish above the nats in the standings this year. what does the Z stand for at the end of “LOL” anyway?

    • MetsEventually 4 years ago

      Nats are currently better than the Mets? “Lolz”

      • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

        Werth, Ankiel, and Zimmerman > Wright Beltran and others

        • MetsEventually 4 years ago

          The fact that you you put Ankiel as your three best offensive players is a true “lol”. We all know Werth can’t hit outside Citizens Bank. You also forget to mention the names of Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan. Heck, I’ll even put the name Ike Davis to lay out there. Better pray Strasburg has a quick recovery.

          • At least Nats fans have a reason to be optimistic about their future. Your name says it all.

          • and the mets fans don’t? new regime? big budget? about 30 million coming off the books? the future looks really bleak for the mets

          • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

            I refuse to believe Santana’s done just yet. That guy’s a fighter!

      • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

        also the mets will never make the playoffs THIS CENTURY.

        • Marky Mark 4 years ago

          since when are the nationals a lock for the playoffs? lol and we already did make the playoffs this century, idiot lol.. werth never drove in 100 rbis in the phillies lineup, enjoy hitting 280 with 75 rbis for 7 years “lolz”

        • oleosmirf 4 years ago

          cool story bro.

        • When was the last time the Nats made the postseason? Oh yeah well technically they never have. But lets include those pesky Expos. That brings your total up to ….wait for it…. one.
          Yeah I agree there should be no Mets fans jawing with the Rays. They for sure have performed admirably considering their situation. However, to have the low life Nats pick themselves over the Mets because they had to give Jayson Werth twice what he was worth just to get him to come to Washigton? Yeah, whatever.

          • However, if we anticipate a strike anytime soon I am taking you guys to Vegas. 2/2 there baby. LOL.

          • However, if we anticipate a strike anytime soon I am taking you guys to Vegas. 2/2 there baby. LOL.

        • When was the last time the Nats made the postseason? Oh yeah well technically they never have. But lets include those pesky Expos. That brings your total up to ….wait for it…. one.
          Yeah I agree there should be no Mets fans jawing with the Rays. They for sure have performed admirably considering their situation. However, to have the low life Nats pick themselves over the Mets because they had to give Jayson Werth twice what he was worth just to get him to come to Washigton? Yeah, whatever.

    • MetsDieHard4Life 4 years ago

      shut your face

  13. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    I wonder if the Mets are looking for somewhere to trade Jason Bay. I bet the Tigers would bite

    • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

      Castillo too? god knows the tigers love overpaided undertalented players

      • MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

        We certainly must look to avoid overpaiding players in future.

        • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

          HAHAAH too bad this post went unnoticed. I just spit out my coke in laughter!

        • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

          HAHAAH too bad this post went unnoticed. I just spit out my coke in laughter!

  14. Mets continue to build a AAA team on a ML level.

  15. No matter who met 4th Of is if Bay and beltran don’t hit they will be unwatchable and this is coming from a diehard met fan

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      I think (and hope) Beltran will be close to his usual self this season without any lingering of the injury/surgery. Bay… not so sure.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      I think (and hope) Beltran will be close to his usual self this season without any lingering of the injury/surgery. Bay… not so sure.

  16. CommissionerBart 4 years ago

    Harris is a great spare part on a contender notwithstanding his fluke low average this past year. Fill in all over the place and seemed to be good in the Nats clubhouse too. Would have rather kept him than signed Hairston.

    • I agree about Harris, but the Mets’ chances at being a “contender” are not considerably better that the Nats’, so the logic fails.

      • I’d disagree. i don’t think anyone doubts there is more talent on the mets than the nats. they just never produce at the same time. i’m not calling them contenders but i say they have a better chance

  17. MShowerhead 4 years ago

    I knew it he’d sign with the Mets!! The guy kills us.

  18. what are the chances that the mets can throw him into the competition for the 2b job?

  19. CommissionerBart 4 years ago

    I was in no way implying the Mets were a contender. Though they are one of the four teams I follow, I fully recognize they are pretty awful in a division with teams better than they are. And that they are carrying a grossly bloated payroll when they have almost no chance to contend.

    Harris can play a valuable role on a contender. The Mets aren’t contenders.

  20. groundballwitheyes 4 years ago

    the Yankees should buy out santana”s contract, hes wasting his last few (hopefully) productive years on a team that wont contend for at least 5 years in that division. He would make a great 2nd half strecth run addition heading into post season and the mets could shed some salary and either get some other players who can start the season or continue to lie to the fans and pocket the money.

  21. Willie Harris can cover a lot of ground in the outfield and is a very pesky hitter when he’s in one of his streaks. Mets fans might be very happy by the end of the summer that they picked him up as insurance for what amounts to just the claiming fee. The “Cairo Comet” is the second player from his hometown who might develop a cult following in the Big Apple. Remember # 42 anyone?

  22. I think the Mets have the potential for a wild card spot next year.There lineup on paper is easily one of the best in the NL or the best.Although the rotation is a little shaky the Mets do have Pelfrey who iI belive can be a star,Niese who is a good number 3 or 4,and Santana looming until mid season or June.Maybe Mr ickey can have an allstar comeback year who knows.But the Mets do have an abolute sot at the wil card maybe not the Division because the Phillies rotation is sick.Although here lineup is very shaky with no depth after the number 4 r 5 dom brown?.And no RH hitters. soThey may strugle scoring runs next year.But there pitching should easily pick that up with shutout guys like Lee and Halladay.Not sure about Oswalt and Hamels though being “shutout”.But they will definitley be good.

  23. metsman 4 years ago

    contrary to popular AL belief, Met fans don’t live and die by what the Yankees by what the Yankees do, however the Rays just saw their last ray of light shine on the post season for another decade.

  24. Met ownership doesn’t make irrational moves anymore.

  25. Jason Klinger 4 years ago

    Erroneous. I’m not a Rays fan, for the record, but how can you not like a team with young players like Hellickson, Jennings, Moore and Colome?

  26. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Dude, what? 7 of the top 50 in the draft this year? Their pitching dominates everyone in the AL East and their offense is still up to par, even without Crawford. D.Jennings, heard the name?

  27. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    thats a laughable comment… Rays have one of the best farm systems in the league, great evaluators of talent, and look to add 11 of the top 100 picks in the next very deep draft. Not to mention already have one of the youngest and brightest rotations in the league. .

  28. metsman 4 years ago

    I didn’t say you were a Rays fan…I replying to the guy with the Rays profile pic as indicated. but since you insist on interjecting, I’ll reply with a goly gee, I’m sure the Yankees and Red Sox are shaking in their boots at those names. like I said, Rays fans should be lessed concerned about how the Mets stack up to the Yankees, and start actually going to some of their games so tropicana field doesn’t look like Yankee stadium-south.

  29. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    “how can you not like a team with young players like Hellickson, Jennings, Moore and Colome?”

    I agree….but it isn’t really Mets fans you should be asking that. Ask the Rays fans who don’t bother to show up to watch their team play at home!

  30. metsman 4 years ago

    No Garza, No Crawford, but wow, a 24 year old with a 278 average and 3 home runs in 400 triple A plate apperences last year…. my mistake, The Rays are the team to beat.

  31. i think they actually have 11 of the first 60

  32. i think they actually have 11 of the first 60

  33. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Hellickson > Garza. Jennings and Crawford’s minor league numbers, they’re pretty similar.

  34. metsman 4 years ago

    whatever, if the rays are relevant in the next decade, I owe you a coke.

  35. Is a Met’s fan actually making those comments? The only relevancy you’ve had as a team the past 5 years was choking huge at the end of the season. Good job.

  36. Is a Met’s fan actually making those comments? The only relevancy you’ve had as a team the past 5 years was choking huge at the end of the season. Good job.

  37. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    11 of the first 90

  38. metsman 4 years ago

    you sound like you’re trying to convince yourself, but yes when you spend about ten years in the basement you rack up some high draft picks…If you think that assures them to be competitive in a league with two juggarnauts, thats your problem. The Mets have a tough year ahead of them , but I like our chances of winning another ring before the Rays ever win one.

  39. metsman 4 years ago

    you sound like you’re trying to convince yourself, but yes when you spend about ten years in the basement you rack up some high draft picks…If you think that assures them to be competitive in a league with two juggarnauts, thats your problem. The Mets have a tough year ahead of them , but I like our chances of winning another ring before the Rays ever win one.

  40. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    the rays have made the post season 2 of the last 3 seasons.. I’m not even a rays fan but I can still assure you that you don’t know what you are talking about

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