Willie Harris Has Two Offers, Won’t Return To Nats

Willie Harris has two offers, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson (Twitter links). A Nationals source tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that there's "no chance" the utility player returns to Washington.

Harris played all three outfield positions and backed Ryan Zimmerman up at third base last year. In the process, the 32-year-old posted a .183/.291/.362 line with 10 homers. Harris bats from the left side and generally maintains an above-average strikeout to walk ratio.


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28 Comments on "Willie Harris Has Two Offers, Won’t Return To Nats"


4 years 6 months ago

mariners?

fredrok
4 years 6 months ago

He is a met killer maybe Sandy signs him as beltran/pagan insurance policy ? worst case scenario he plays good defense and we have another endy chavez and a met killer off the market.

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

I thought the Mets at first, but the low OBP and the fact that I don’t think Sandy would take the “Met killer” status in to consideration makes me believe that they are not one of the 2 teams. Can he really play CF well anyway?

Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

As big a Met killer as Oliver Perez?

$1529282
4 years 6 months ago

Rather have him than Matt Tolbert on the Twins…

RampantRedsFan
4 years 6 months ago

A never was who can “play” a bunch of positions and doesn’t hit for average? I bet Dusty Baker would love to get his hands on him! The first thing he would do is get his walks down.

ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

And then bat him leadoff.

davidcoonce
4 years 6 months ago

He combined for 3.5 WAR in 2008-9, had a bad year last year although his OBP was still 100 points higher than his BA, for what it’s worth. A 3.5 WAR (over two seasons), for a bench player is pretty good, especially one who can play 6 positions and is an above average outfielder and baserunner.

4 years 6 months ago

if the Mets do not sign him let him go to Seattle or Minnesota or the White Sox wherever but not NL.

4 years 6 months ago

His greatest value is as a defensive replacement late in games. More of a need for that in the NL. Doubtful he goes to the AL.

METfan201
4 years 6 months ago

Woulda been a good rebound player since keppinger failed for the yankees but hes a lefty! Idk why they just dont stick with ramiro pena? Or christian guzman. But i dont like him for the mets.

4 years 6 months ago

These are the kinds of signings that are easy to slag, and Harris is certainly no world beater. But then again, given the small amounts of playing time guys in his role get, isn’t it more instructive to look at his career numbers when deciding if he’s a good get, rather than simply ragging him for a subpar 2010? I think he’s as likely as not to be a pretty good bench guy. In the last five years, he’s been a positive value three times.

And for all of the points we could make about the minor leaguers who probably deserve a chance at roles like the one Harris will get, there is probably something to be said for the stabilizing effect it has on a team to go with a veteran in utility roles, rather than go through the drama of sorting out a mess of minor league guys.

God help anyone who tries to play him every day, though.

natsone
4 years 6 months ago

Wow. The Mets (fans) must really HATE Willie Harris. That’s awesome!!! LOL.

redsox13
4 years 6 months ago

I didn’t know that there were “Mets killers”…..I thought the Mets took care of killing themselves pretty well.

souldrummer
4 years 6 months ago

Perhaps “Mets morticians” who bury the dead?

4 years 6 months ago

back to Atlanta? they’re looking for a defensive outfielder and could use depth at 3rd base. i think it’s a good fit, and from what i always heard he was well liked in the blubhouse and is a local to the area….?

Brad426
4 years 6 months ago

I don’t know that I would call him a GOOD defensive outfielder. He’s versatile and probably plays a better CF than Mclouth or a better 2B than Uggla, but those are pretty low bars. But as a Braves fan I wouldn’t be apalled to see Willie come back as the 4th outfielder, so long as it was a 1 year/$700K-ish contract.

Edit: Appalled, I mean.

4 years 6 months ago

Slim and none?

Brad426
4 years 6 months ago

Take it or leave it?

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

I was thinking… retirement or Japan

gwells
4 years 6 months ago

“backed up ryan zimmerman at 3B” is a little bit of an overstatement. he hardly played 3B for the nats at all. gonzalez got most of the backup at 3B last year. willie got something like 8 starts there in two seasons.

Brad426
4 years 6 months ago

Good point (and it actually was only 6 starts in two years and 9 starts in three years).

souldrummer
4 years 6 months ago

Willie in the infield ain’t too pretty in the estimation of this Nats fan.

4 years 6 months ago

I know this may sound kinda strange, but do you think one of the teams could be the Athletics? I feel he could be a defensive sub for either Willingham or Kouzmanoff and/or a late inning pinchrunner. With the way Billy Beane heavily pursued Beltre and other FA 3B, it may not be that far of a stretch to see Oakland pursuing Harris as an inexpensive utility stopgap.

$6101468
4 years 6 months ago

I remember Harris from his brief Boston days. This is a marginal bench player at best and if he gets in your lineup on a regular basis disaster must have put him there. Late inning replacement, maybe pinch run or giving a guy a day or two off he can’t do much damage.

MetsEventually
4 years 6 months ago

Mets, please.

MetsEventually
4 years 6 months ago

Mets, please.

4 years 6 months ago

Maybe the yankees made him a offer. Been after him the last 2 seasons?