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Cincy addressed their last remaining need on their offseason wish list with the signing of free agent utility man Willie Harris on Monday. The two sides agreed on a minor league deal which includes a non-roster invite to the club's Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Should Harris make the big league roster he will earn a base salary of $800,000 with the potential to earn as much as $1MM in incentive money.
The 33-year old spent the 2011 season as a member of the Mets where he batted .246 and sported a .351 OBP in 283 plate appearances. Cincinnati will mark the seventh franchise Harris has played for in what is to be his 12th major league season in 2012.
Known for his versatility to play just about any position on the diamond, the Cairo, Georgia native should provide much-needed depth to both the infield and outfield spots. However, he is likely to see more playing time at shortstop behind Zack Cozart and Paul Janish assuming he makes the big league roster at all.
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Further proof that the band will not be getting back together, Willie Harris has left Flushing for the allure of chili cheese coneys and bad pizza ... and a much more realistic shot at a division title in Cincinnati where Harris has signed with the Reds on a minor league contract. This could only mean that Harris, who was a defensive wizard everywhere else in his life except Flushing...
According to MLB Trade Rumors’s free agent tracker there are currently fifteen outfielders still available on the free agent market for the Mets to potentially bring in.
If we are to go by the tweet below by Adam Rubin, and Cody Ross is off the market then that number immediately drops to fourteen and we can make that number continually shrink.
Sounds like Cody Ross probably ends...
It appears the Mets are focused on finding rotation depth, veteran pitchers willing to accept minor league deals who can be called up so that the prospects aren't rushed. Alderson admitted the Mets would be interested in bringing back Young who says his arm feels better then it has in years and is scheduled to be back to pitching in April. Young was the best pitcher in the...
Kevin Goldstein of BP and ESPN.com, listed 22-year-old Mets pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni among his 10 breakout prospects for 2012. Goldstein writes:
“Those numbers came in short stints after a heavy college workload, and he’ll return to starting in 2012, equipped with a fastball and slider that both rate as above average. His early success has some tempted to see if he could...
In a bizarre move that I can only attribute to sheer shame from Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, manager Dusty Baker today <a ... [visit site to read more]
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The Mets have been rumored to have interest in free agent outfielder Cody Ross. Cody would be a very nice addition to a weak hitting bench. He also has the ability to start if needed.
The Mets bench currently consists of Mike Nickeas, Ronny Cedeno, Scott Hairston and Justin Turner. Ross would instantly become the top bat off the bench and provides insurance if any of the potential...
In a report for ESPN.com, BP’s minor league reporter Kevin Goldstein lists 22-year-old Mets RHP Cory Mazzoni among 10 breakout prospects for 2012.
The Mets selected Mazzoni with the 71st overall pick in the second round of last year’s draft out of North Carolina State University. He then appeared in 12 games for St. Lucie and Brooklyn, during which he was 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA...
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With the word that Cody Ross has signed with the Boston Red Sox with the Mets in contention for his services, the question of the day is whom would you rather have as your 4th outfielder, Cody Ross or Scott Hairston?
Ross put a .240/.325/.405/.730 line last season with the Giants in 461 plate appearances. Hairston, stepped into the batter’s box, a sporadic 145 times to fill...