Showing posts with label Willie Harris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Willie Harris. Show all posts

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jose Reyes and six other Mets players file for free agency

According to the NY Daily News, Seven Mets were among the 148 major leaguers listed by the Players' Association as free agents Sunday, but all winter intrigue in Flushing will involve one name,  Jose Reyes.

In addition to Reyes, Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Jason Isringhausen and Miguel Batista will be able to sign with other clubs starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Until then, teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their players.

As the Daily News reported Friday, the Mets will not sign Reyes during that period, and will allow other teams to set the market for the shortstop. Once that market is set - and team insiders are expecting the process to stretch into December or beyond - the Mets will decide if they consider it reasonable.

Beyond that slow-rolling drama, the Mets are highly unlikely to be high-end shoppers this offseason. If they do not re-sign Reyes, the team will look at the middle of that 148-player list, not the top. Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson will wear other uniforms next season, as none of those top-tier names fits the Mets' needs and/or budget.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Players that have cleared waivers and can be traded (barring a no-trade clause)

Here are some the players who cleared waivers. Once a player clears waivers, he can be traded to any team (barring a no-trade clause).

David DeJesus, Athletics - DeJesus has had a rough year but could at least be useful against right-handed pitching.

Hideki Matsui, Athletics - The Athletics have several waiver trade candidates, and Matsui's hot second half and low salary (owed less than $2MM the rest of the season) could make him a popular target.

Jason Bay, Mets - With Bay being owed at least $38.8MM through 2013, this was expected. It's only been 12 games, but Bay is at least having his first good month of 2011.

D.J. Carrasco, Mets - The Mets signed Carrasco to a two-year deal in December - their biggest acquisition of the offseason - but optioned him to Triple-A in April. He stayed there until mid-June.

Willie Harris, Mets - The versatile Harris has less than $200K left on his contract.

Angel Pagan, Mets - It's been a dismal year for Pagan, who may be in line for a non-tender after the season.

Chris Capuano, Mets - Capuano owns a 3.74 SIERA as of August 14th and earns only $1.5MM plus incentives, so it's hard to see why a few teams didn't place claims.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Make a deal: Jason Bay, Chris Capuano, DJ Carrasco, Willie Harris, and Angel Pagan clear waivers

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Jason Bay,  Chris Capuano,  D.J. Carrasco, Willie Harris and  Angel Pagan have cleared waivers, a source told

That does not mean any of the players will get traded. It merely mean they are eligible to be traded to any of the other 29 teams this month.

Bay is only in the second season of a four-year, $66 million deal, so going unclaimed makes sense. If a team would have put in a claim, the Mets could just have unloaded Bay's contract on the other team by letting the claim go through. Similarly, but with far less money at stake, Carrasco is in the first season of a two-year, $2.4 million deal.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Willie Harris Wants to Defeat Beltran in Playoffs

After Carlos Beltran's departure to join his new team, the San Francisco Giants, Willie Harris tried to rally the troops before last nights game. He said to anyone in earshot while in the training room,
"Lets make the playoffs and let's beat Carlos Beltran in the playoffs."
When asked about his comments Harris told the NY Post,
"I mean, how cool would that be?" Harris said after the Mets beat the Reds 8-2 at Great American Ball Park. "We trade our best hitter and then we send him home in the playoffs."
The Mets are one win closer to Harris' request after defeating the Reds with the help of Mike Pelfrey who seemed to have toned down his criticism of the Mets front office from earlier this week.
"Obviously we're a better team with Carlos Beltran," he said. "But that doesn't mean that Lucas Duda or Willie Harris or Scott Hairston on the bench can't step up. [The trade] is unfortunate, but we're all professionals and we're going to continue to go out there and play and go out there and win."
Pelfrey pitched a complete game allowing only 2 earned runs and 7 hits.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rumor Mill: Ken Rosenthal's possible Beltran destinations and other trade-able players

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox, the Giants, Phillies, Braves are the NL teams showing the strongest interest in Beltran, his sources say. 

The Red Sox, who would use Beltran in right field, also are in the mix. The Rangers like Beltran, but the bullpen is their greater priority.

Most of the Beltran talks thus far qualify as preliminary, sources say. The Mets expect to know more about each team’s intent by Monday, and after that they will start weeding out the suitors.

Once the Mets act on Beltran, they can listen more seriously to offers for some of their other players. The team, however, likely will proceed carefully. Club officials do not want to give up on the season entirely.

Rosenthal says the Mets likely will show a greater willingness to move potential free agents such as left-hander Chris Capuano, left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak, outfielder Scott Hairston and utility man Willie Harris.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fernando Martinez recalled, Harris on the bereavement list

Sad news from New York: The Mets' Willie Harris has been put on the bereavement list after he and his wife lost their baby last night.

Harris flew back to New York after last night's game to be with his wife who went into early labor at just five months. The child did not survive.

Best wishes to Harris at a time like this that has to be extremely difficult for him and his family.

The Mets called up outfielder Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo to take Harris' roster spot.

Players can be on the bereavement list a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

F-Mart Waiting for Call Up

According to ESPN and Mets organizational sources, Fernando Martinez is expected to travel to Denver, Colorado today for the Mets 3:10 PM game against the Rockies.

ESPN's Adam Rubin states:

"There has been no official word whether Ike Davis is being placed on the DL, and sometimes minor leaguers are summoned as a precaution but not activated. Martinez was at Wednesday's Triple-A Buffalo game but was held out. He homered in each of his previous two games with the Bisons.

The arrival of Martinez, an outfielder, presumably would free Willie Harris to play second base with Justin Turner in any Davis absence, with Daniel Murphy then available to play first base."

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 3 - Mets at Marlins

Ike Davis 2010 Home AlternateImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
Final Score: New York 9, Florida 2

Willie Harris and Ike Davis both homered, as the New York Mets spoiled Javier Vazquez's Florida debut with a 9-2 victory in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Harris and Davis each scored twice for the Mets, who did not win their first road series last season until June 11-13 when they swept the Orioles in Baltimore in a three-game set. In fact, New York was 5-17-4 in road series in 2010.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-0) was solid in a six-inning start, allowing one unearned run on five hits. He also struck out seven batters. The 36-year-old had his best season last year, posting an 11-9 record and a 2.84 ERA in 27 games (26 starts).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Willie Harris to Replace Bay

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Willie Harr...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Mets manager Terry Collins said Willie Harris will start in left field Friday in place of Jason Bay, who went on the disabled list Thursday with a strained rib cage muscle.

Though Lucas Duda will likely make the bulk of the starts until Bay returns, Harris was an easy choice for Friday because of his numbers against Marlins ace Josh Johnson.

In 22 career plate appearances against Johnson, Harris has a .500 on-base percentage, with seven walks and four hits.
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Should Willie Harris Start in Left Field on Opening Day?

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Terry Collins prefers to use Willie Harris as the Mets' Opening Day left fielder.

Jason Bay will begin the year on the disabled list and won't return until April 9 at the earliest.

The Mets will carry young slugger Lucas Duda in Bay’s spot and will expect Duda to start most of the games in left field.

If so, why does it seem that Harris will get the Opening Day nod?

Harris has had a productive spring and rightfully earned a spot on the roster. He showed some pop over the last few weeks and should be a versatile member of the Mets’ bench.

Even so, you might still be asking why the Mets will start Harris when they want Duda to play every day.

The answer is simple: The Mets will be facing Florida Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson—one of the top pitchers in the game—on Opening Day.

Rather than have Duda start the season with a tough outing against Johnson that could crush his confidence, Collins can save Duda for Game 2 against Ricky Nolasco. Though Nolasco is no slouch, Johnson can be unhittable at times.

If the Mets do go with Harris on Opening Day like it seems, the lineup may look similar to this: Reyes, Thole, Wright, Beltran, Davis, Pagan, Harris, Emaus.

As Rubin reported, Collins may want to use Pagan as more of a run producer rather than a table-setter in Bay’s absence. This lineup could do some damage and has a nice combination of speed and power.

While Harris has done everything to earn the spot in the starting lineup, why is Scott Hairston not being considered?

Hairston had a monstrous spring training for the Mets. He hit .345 with four HR and 12 RBI in just 58 at-bats.

Though the games don’t matter, Hairston hit some clutch home runs this spring.

The one drawback from Hairston this spring has been his strikeouts. While he showed good power, he struck out 14 times.

Against a power pitcher in Josh Johnson, the Mets must focus on putting the ball in play and force the Marlins to make plays. The fish have been known to play shoddy defense, so the Mets must capitalize on their mistakes.

Harris is more of a contact threat than Hairston. He can use his speed to manufacture runs, which will be key against Johnson.

Additionally, having the power threat in Hairston available to pinch-hit late in the game can work to the Mets’ advantage. The Mets may need an extra base-hit to start a rally, and Hairston can provide that punch.

Though I’d like to see as much of Lucas Duda as possible the next week and a half, I agree with Collins’ logic here. Allowing Duda to not be overmatched in his first game of the season can go a long way in his development.

Another question you may be thinking about is the following: What happens if Duda absolutely rakes in Bay’s absence?

He would really have to show some good power and drive in a ton of runs early for the Mets to even consider keeping him with the big club. Still, no matter where he is, Duda needs to play every day, especially defensively, to continue improving.

Burying Duda on the Mets’ bench would do him no good. While Carlos Beltran won’t be expected to play every single game, Duda would still have to battle Harris and Hairston for playing time.

These questions and more should be answered as the season progresses.

I’m sure you’re as excited as I am for Opening Day tomorrow. Here’s to a lot of fun in 2011. Win or lose, it’s great to finally have baseball back.

Follow me on Twitter @JMMancari.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Willie Harris Makes the team

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03: Willie Harris #...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Willie Harris was told by Mets Manager Terry Collins today that he has made the team.

"He's played good," Collins said later Sunday morning. "He really had a great spring and brings a lot to the table, which is what we were told he would."

Playing on a non-guaranteed Minor League contract, Harris has batted .269 this spring with five doubles, three home runs and a team-high 12 walks.

If Carlos Beltran's knee issues prevent him from breaking camp with the team, Harris could be the team's Opening Day right fielder. Otherwise, he will serve as a lefty pinch-hitter and backup corner outfielder.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 28 - Mets vs Tigers

Final Score: NY Mets 7, Detroit 4 

Willie Harris belted a grand slam to key a five-run second inning as the New York Mets downed Detroit, 7-4, in Grapefruit League play.

David Wright and Ronny Paulino knocked in a run each, while Lucas Duda went 3- for-4 with two runs scored for the Mets.

Jonathan Niese won despite allowing five hits and four runs with three strikeouts over his four-inning start.
Ryan Raburn and Alex Avila each knocked in a run for the Tigers, whose starter Brad Penny was rocked in defeat for eight hits and five runs over four full frames. 

Box Score: Click Read More

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 25 - Mets vs Braves

Final Score: Atlanta 3, NY Mets 3 (10 innings) 

Brooks Conrad belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning but the Mets added two runs in the fifth as New York and Atlanta ended in a, 3-3, tie in Grapefruit League play. 

Ike Davis finished 2-for-4 and registered half of New York's hits while Pat Misch allowed all three runs on four hits in a five inning start.

Willie Harris added a solo shot in the fourth to record the Mets' other run.

Martin Prado went 2-for-5 and Rodrigo Lopez went 4 2/3 innings allowing three runs -- one earned -- on three hits, fanning five, for the Braves. 

Box Score: Click Here

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 15 - Mets vs Florida

Final Score: NY Mets 9, Florida 4 

Jordany Valdespin and Kai Gronauer each hit three-run homers during the New York Mets' 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins in Grapefruit League action.

Josh Thole went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in while Willie Harris had two hits and scored once for the Mets, who saw three scoreless innings from starting pitcher Dillon Gee. He also had two strikeouts while scattering three hits.

Ozzie Martinez had a good day at the plate with three hits and a run scored while Chris Coghlan and Emilio Bonifacio each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.

Starter Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. 

Box score: Click here

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spring Training Game 1 - Recap: NY Mets vs. Atlanta

Game Recap of Spring Training Game 1 :

Willie Harris hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning,helping the New York Mets to a 5-5 deadlock with the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit League play.

Harris also scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth, on a Jordany Valdespin double. The Mets and Braves both scored one run in the ninth and two in the 10th.

Fernando Martinez smacked a two-run shot for the Mets, while starter Jenrry Mejia gave up an unearned run in two innings. Mejia surrendered one hit, walked one and struck out three.

Eric Hinske homered for Atlanta, while Freddie Freeman hit three doubles and Ed Lucas drove in two. Starter Jair Jurrjens allowed two hits in two innings.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Willie Harris signs minor league deal with Mets

The Mets have agreed to sign Willie Harris to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, according to Adam Rubin of

The utility player will have a good chance of making the team's Opening Day roster, Rubin writes.

We heard yesterday 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.

I love this signing as I thought he might be a good fit on a team that needs a outfielder that can play all three positions and play them well defensively.

This guys has always played the Mets well as he has robbed us of some victories in the past (Above).

Harris by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
2001 Bal 9 24 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .125 .125 .167 .292
2002 CWS 49 163 14 38 4 0 2 12 9 21 8 0 .233 .270 .294 .564
2003 CWS 79 137 19 28 3 1 0 5 10 28 12 2 .204 .259 .241 .500
2004 CWS 129 409 68 107 15 2 2 27 51 79 19 7 .262 .343 .323 .666
2005 CWS 56 121 17 31 2 1 1 8 13 25 10 3 .256 .333 .314 .647
2006 Bos 47 45 17 7 2 0 0 1 4 11 6 3 .156 .250 .200 .450
2007 Atl 117 344 56 93 20 8 2 32 40 71 17 11 .270 .349 .392 .741
2008 Was 140 367 58 92 14 4 13 43 50 66 13 3 .251 .344 .417 .761
2009 Was 137 323 47 76 18 6 7 27 57 62 11 4 .235 .364 .393 .757
2010 WSH 132 224 25 41 6 2 10 32 33 60 5 2 .183 .291 .362 .653
Total -- 895 2157 324 516 85 24 37 187 267 430 101 35 .239 .327 .352 .679
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