WASHINGTON -- Utility player Willie Harris is not expected to return to the Nationals. Instead, he will sign with another Major League club as early as this week, according to a baseball source.
Two big league teams have made Harris an offer. It's not known which teams are competing for Harris' services.
Harris can play every position except for pitcher, first base or catcher. He drove in 32 runs despite hitting under the Mendoza Line last year.
With Harris gone, the Nats are considering infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr., according to another source. The right-handed-hitting Hairston played with the Padres last year, and he hit .244 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. He could be insurance if Danny Espinosa falters at second base.
Infielder David Eckstein is another player who would be a good fit for Washington. The club expressed interest in Eckstein early in the offseason, but the two parties haven't talked in weeks. Eckstein, the younger brother of Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein, also played with the Padres, hitting .267 with a home run and 26 RBIs.
Calls to general manager Mike Rizzo seeking comment were not returned.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.