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.