Brewers might be interested in Josh Harrison
Milwaukee, WI ~ With the loss of Jonathan Schoop, the Milwaukee Brewers are once again hunting second base depth, according to Jon Heyman. One of the players that the Brewers seem to be interested in is Pittsburgh Pirates infielder and Brewers killer, Josh Harrison.
Harrison will be 32 years old next season, and debuted in 2011, playing all eight years of his career with the Pirates. His best season came in 2014, when he posted a .315 batting average, to go along with 13 homeruns, and 18 stolen bases. Following his breakout campaign, the Pirates signed him to a five year contract extension, worth $ 27.3 million. The extension came with a two year option at the end.
However, Harrison’s 2014 statline never seemed to reappear in his next five years with Pittsburgh. Only once since 2014, has Harrison hit double digit homeruns. And his batting average is always among the middle of the pack. He is a career .277 hitter, with 52 homers and 75 stolen bases.
And his production dropped again in 2018 when he hit only .250 with eight homeruns, and a mere three steals. And as you may have guessed, the Pirates dropped his two year option, forcing him to become a free agent.
Harrison’s position flexibility could be huge, but his woes at the plate are too much for any team to consider signing him to a long term deal. The only way I could see the Brewers signing Harrison is as a one year rental, to fill in a year before Keston Hiura comes up. But then again, they have players already capable of doing that, such as Hernan Perez and Tyler Saladino.
By Jacob Szczap