New York Mets Make Another Minor Signing: Team Signs Willie Harris

Robert KnapelCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 31:  Willie Harris #1 of the Washington Nationals catches a fly ball during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park March 31, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 11-6.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The Mets have made yet another small move: They have agreed to a minor league contract with Willie Harris.

In addition to this, he will be invited to spring training for a chance to make the major league team.

Harris has spent the last three years with the Washington Nationals. During that time period, he has made many great defensive plays in games against the Mets.

Offensively, Harris is not much of a threat. He is a .239 hitter with 37 home runs, 187 RBI and 101 stolen bases in 2,157 career at-bats. Harris is known for his abilities as a fielder.

Last season, Harris posted a .183/.291/.362 line. He had some power, hitting 10 home runs in 224 at-bats. Harris will obviously need to improve on these numbers if he wants to stick with the Mets.

Harris also provides the Mets with some versatility in the field. He played all three outfield positions, second base, third base and shortstop during his stint with the Nationals.

The Mets are looking for a fourth outfielder, and it appears that Harris may fill this spot. Harris will have competition for the spot, however. Lucas Duda and Fernando Martinez will also be fighting it out for that roster spot. There is a chance that Kirk Nieuwenhuis could also be part of the competition, but at the moment he is not on the Mets' 40-man roster.

This is yet another move that involves no risk for the Mets. Since it is just a minor league contract, Harris will have to earn the rest of his salary. The better he performs, the more he gets paid.