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Friday, April 21, 2006

Red Sox - Demoted Stern

Boston Red Sox - Optioned OF Adam Stern to Pawtucket; purchased the contract of OF Willie Harris.

The Red Sox got Stern off the roster as quick as they possibly could.  While Stern has been in a bit of a hitting slump, Harris has been hitting just as poorly against AAA pitchers, so I’m not sure why they want to do this right now.  Harris will split time with Mohr in center for the time being.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Willie Harris
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘06*  55   6   8   2 0   1   3   7 14   2 .145 .242 .236
Rest ‘06   307 53   71 12 1   4 27 44 64 15 .231 .326 .316
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* - Includes MLE

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 21, 2006 at 04:55 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Josh Posted: April 21, 2006 at 05:55 PM (#1979436)
The Globe today reported that Harris could opt out of his contract if not called up by 4/20. I'm not sure how much of a threat that is, but it lends something to the timing.
   2. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: April 21, 2006 at 06:02 PM (#1979450)
Harris will split time with Mohr in center for the time being.

Harris is also capable of playing a more-than-passable second base, for whatever that's worth to this club.

I like Willie Harris a lot. He has zero power, but he knows how to draw a walk, he's an outstanding baserunner, and he's a good defender. A very nice bench player to have. I'll leave it up to Red Sox fans to decide how he fits in on their ballclub specifically.
   3. shaftr Posted: April 21, 2006 at 06:06 PM (#1979459)
I agree with the above statement. Harris has a great glove at 2nd base and has a decent OBP along with stealing bases at a good rate. He also scored the winning run in the World Series, so I'll forever be a Harris fan.
   4. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: April 24, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#1986181)
Harris is one of the great underrated players in the game, the only difference between him and Scott Podsednik (who IMO was a top 5 MVP last year) is 40 points of batting average.
   5. MM1f Posted: April 24, 2006 at 11:31 PM (#1986208)
"the only difference between him and Scott Podsednik (who IMO was a top 5 MVP last year) is 40 points of batting average."

40 pts of BA on a consistant basis is waaay more than youre making it out to be and its certainly the difference between a starter and a sub
   6. John Lowenstein Apathy Club (CB) Posted: April 24, 2006 at 11:34 PM (#1986212)
In Podsednik's case, losing 40 points of batting average would give a career line of .239/.305/.345. I'm not sure that's good enough to play in the majors even with his speed.
   7. Jacob, Iowan in exile Posted: April 26, 2006 at 02:29 PM (#1990050)
As I White Sox fan, I was very sad to see Willie Harris go this year. He was good at getting on base, was VERY disruptive once he got on, and seemed to have a knack for making productive outs. Valuable as a pinch runner, valuable at two spots defensively, and an underrated overall player. Guillen inexplicably underutilized Harris in the playoffs, but that was no reflection of his value to the team. His baserunning skills and the disruption he caused for opposing pitchers won the White Sox a handful of close games last year during the season. I hope Red Sox fans appreciate Harris for what he is and give him a chance to catch on.
   8. DCA Posted: May 05, 2006 at 07:57 PM (#2005479)
In Podsednik's case, losing 40 points of batting average would give a career line of .239/.305/.345. I'm not sure that's good enough to play in the majors even with his speed.

It is you can play 2B and don't mind finding a new team to be a utility guy on every year.
   9. KDub's CellPiece (BLtDH) Posted: May 16, 2006 at 03:25 PM (#2022112)
Harris is one of the great underrated players in the game

for some reason i find this hilarious...while at the same time agreeing that he's underrated.

the only difference between him and Scott Podsednik

don't think i totally agree with this statement...podsednik has played really well for the sox the last few weeks to the point where i don't think harris could ever be that disruptive.

who IMO was a top 5 MVP last year

this statement is just whacky

I was very sad to see Willie Harris go this year

I also like harris but let's not get all crazy and overvalue him. he was given every opportunity to win the second base job the season before Iguch came along and wasn't successful. In fact I'd argue the Sox gave him almost too many opportunities. With Iguch coming to town and the emergence of Ozume, harris became expendable. Although with as little as Gload played harris looks like he could have been a decent fit anyways. I like Harris...but I don't think he's an every day player.

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