Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 1/24/12

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, will see his UZR go up by anywhere from five points to a million, and will scale the left field fair pole to the upper deck to rob some random Met of a game tying home run.

One player the Mets will not replace him with is Cody Ross, as Ross has signed with the Red Sox. The real question is: Why would the Mets be remotely interested in an uppity midget* like Ross? To torture me, that's why. Hey, it's a more logical explanation than anything you can come up with ... so there. But the Mets not signing Ross or any other back-up quality outfielder means that even with Marco Scutaro going to the Rockies effectively taking care of the Rockies' infielder needs, a trade involving Justin Turner for a fifth outfielder could still be a possibility down the road. But even though Turner might still be nervous (or excited to get off this sinking ship, who knows), I'm certainly not nervous at all. Because Ross will be somewhere else and I won't have to go through the difficult decision to give him hearty cheers, golf claps, or throw fruit at him**. Now I can just opt for fruit.

*Cody prefers to be called "vertically challenged".

**Throwing fruit is not condoned by this website.

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