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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Rockies - Signed Harris
Colorado Rockies - Signed IF Wee Willie Harris to a 1-year contract.
The details are still being ironed out but it seems certain that this will go through.
Nice little signing, supposing the dollars are minimal. While every baseball fan and media person admits that Coors Field is a strong home run park, the idea that it’s also a massive batting average park hasn’t received quite as widespread belief. Nowadays, Coors isn’t standing head and shoulder above other parks with the longball like it used to, but it still has an effect on batting average nearly 3 times that of any other park in baseball. Willie Harris made a smart choice here - he could easily hit .300 and con GMs into thinking he’s Juan Pierre. I’m quite surprised with the projection, though - 280/360/350 seems more likely to me.
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