The Washington Nationals may have to get creative; and soon. Initially, there were rumblings that the team would look to sign Willie Bloomquist to be the team’s backup infielder/outfielder. He was going to be the all-purpose, utility player that they needed, a role Joe McEwing has made famous.
However, Bloomquist has reportedly agreed to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Why is this a problem? Two reasons: reason one being that they still have one open spot on their bench that needs to be filled with utility guy and reason two being that the backup plan, Willie Harris, who had been the teams utility player since 2008, is not being brought back.
Harris had been with the team since 2008, but was only able to muster a .183 average last season. Initially, the Nationals had been interested in bringing Harris back because he is versatile (he can play second, third and outfield), his potential for power off the bench (10 homeruns in 224 at-bats) and his patience at the plate (33 walks in 262 plate appearances).
Earlier in the off-season, the team had been in contact with Harris’ agent, Daryl Buford. However, Buford recently implied Washington was no longer a potential destination for Harris, saying, “we have two offers at this point and D.C. is not one of the offers.”
He also indicated that the two offers on the table would both be a good fit for Harris and that, “hopefully we can act on them in the next couple of days.”