Former Astros reliever Will Harris has reached an agreement on a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Harris should jump into an eighth-inning role and could get save opportunities, too, according to Passan. USA Today reports the deal is worth $24 million.
Harris, 35, was one of manager AJ Hinch’s go-to guys out of the bullpen for Houston last season, but he’ll inevitably be remembered for allowing the go-ahead home run to Howie Kendrick in Game 7 of the World Series against the Nationals.
Harris said he lived “every reliever’s nightmare” after allowing the seventh-inning home run to Kendrick. He also gave up a two-run shot to Anthony Rendon in the seventh inning of Game 6 that gave the Nationals a 5-2 lead.
The veteran reliever had a 1.50 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 60 innings for the Astros during the regular season. He also had 26 holds and four saves as the Astros led the majors with 107 wins. He also made 12 appearances during the postseason, posting a 0.93 ERA while striking out 11 in 9 2/3 innings.
Earlier this season, Harris was one of four Astros pitchers to participate in the 14th combined no-hitter in MLB history when they blanked the Seattle Mariners 9-0 on Aug. 3.
Harris, who broke into the majors with the Colorado Rockies in 2012 and spent two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, joined the Astros in 2015. One season later, he had a career-high 12 saves and made his only All-Star appearance. In 2017, he won his first World Series title.
For his career, the right-hander has a 2.84 ERA, 20 saves and 422 strikeouts in 419 appearances over 396 1/3 innings.
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