Righty Will Harris has drawn somewhat less pressing interest than might have been supposed entering the offseason. But the veteran is mulling offers from multiple teams and could soon sign, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).
Harris is said to have drawn “multi-year offers worth $6-7M annually,” so he’s obviously in demand from organizations interested in quality veteran relief work. But unless one of those offers extends to the three-year range — unlikely since Harris is already 35 years of age — then the numbers being discussed are actually a bit south of what MLBTR anticipated entering the winter.
MLBTR’s Connor Byrne recently examined Harris’s situation in detail, classing Harris as the top available reliever. As he explained, the quiet right-hander has long delivered reliably excellent innings. That was the case again in 2019, as he turned in sixty innings of 1.50 ERA ball. The peripherals didn’t quite support that level of productivity, but did make clear that Harris remains quite effective with a high-spin-rate pitch mix.
It seems there’s some momentum now towards a deal, though it’s still anyone’s guess where Harris will land. The Twins have been connected as a suitor for Harris and other veteran relievers, but his market is otherwise unclear. Quite a few clear-cut and aspirational contenders could obviously benefit from his services, so it’s tough to rule out many landing spots given what has been reported to this point.