12/13/2007 2:35 PM ET
Nationals agree to terms on one-year deals with Rob Mackowiak and Willie Harris
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms on one-year contacts with free agent left-handed hitting infielders/outfielders Rob Mackowiak and Willie Harris. Nationals Vice President/General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcements.
"With the additions of Mackowiak and Harris, I feel we will have one of the deepest and most balanced benches in the National League," said Bowden.
Mackowiak is a career .262 hitter with 63 home runs and 282 RBI in 818 games with Pittsburgh (2001-05), Chicago White Sox (2006-07) and San Diego (2007). He has played all three outfield positions, as well as first base, second base and third base. The 31 year-old has logged 81 career starts in left field, 137 starts in center field, 150 starts in right field, three starts at first base, 48 starts at second base and 142 starts at third base.
Mackowiak hit .278 with six homers and 36 RBI in 85 games with Chicago (AL) and San Diego last season. He hit .283 (13-for-46) against left-handed pitching at the two stops.
The Illinois native's best season came in 2004, when he posted career highs with 22 doubles, 17 homers and 75 RBI in 155 games with Pittsburgh. He was originally selected by the Pirates in the 53rd round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft out of South Suburban (IL) Junior College.
Harris appeared in 117 games with Atlanta in 2007 and batted .270 with 20 doubles, eight triples, two homers, 32 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Defensively, the 29-year-old made 69 starts in left field and nine in centerfield for Bobby Cox.
Harris is a career .247 hitter with 47 doubles, seven home runs, 85 RBI and 72 stolen bases in 486 games spanning seven big league seasons with Baltimore (2001), Chicago White Sox (2002-05), Boston (2006) and Atlanta (2007). Harris, who was originally drafted by the Orioles in 1999, earned a World Series ring with the White Sox in 2005.
Experienced at every defensive position except first base, catcher and pitcher, Harris has 147 career starts at second base, 75 in centerfield, 71 in left field, two at shortstop and one in right field. He also appeared twice defensively at third base for Atlanta in 2007.