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Josh Harrison | Second Baseman | #5

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 6 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Harrison went 0-for-3 Thursday to open the spring 2-for-15.
Harrison's role as the Pirates' second baseman and leadoff hitter is secure, assuming no one steps up and offers a quality prospect for him. He doesn't have a whole lot to play for this spring. Mar 8 - 4:42 PM

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that while the Mets continue to talk to the Pirates about Josh Harrison, a free agent addition is more likely.

In other words, not much has changed here. The Mets have been linked to Harrison for quite some time, but they are reluctant to give up talent from what is already a thin farm system. Brandon Nimmo has been mentioned as a trade possibility, but the Mets are lacking in outfield depth. The Mets are believed to considering a free agent pool consisting of Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, and Eduardo Nunez, but Puma writes that we might not see movement on that front until "the bigger names are off the board."
Jan 29 - 9:04 AM

Peter Gammons hears from one MLB general manager that the Pirates could keep Josh Harrison into the season.

Harrison recently requested a trade after the deals involving Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, but the Pirates don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to deal him. In fact, Gammons was told by the GM that the trade request could make it more likely he sticks around rather than settling for the best deal right now. Of course, this could all change if the right offer comes along. Harrison is owed $10 million in 2018, with a $10.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2019 and an $11.5 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2020.
Jan 23 - 9:50 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "aren't enthusiastic" about moving Brandon Nimmo in a deal for Josh Harrison.

On Tuesday, news broke that the Mets wouldn't move Nimmo in a deal for Andrew McCutchen, who was traded to the Giants on Monday. The 30-year-old Harrison hit 16 homers for the Pirates with 12 stolen bases while registering a .771 OPS and playing four positions for Pittsburgh. He also recently mentioned that he'd prefer to play on a different club if the Pirates aren't going to contend in the next two years. New York lists Nimmo at the top of their centerfield depth chart right now, and with Michael Conforto out until May with a shoulder injury, it makes sense that they want to keep the 24-year-old outfielder without getting someone who can play center in return.
Jan 17 - 5:52 PM

In a statement released to The Athletic on Tuesday, Pirates infielder Josh Harrison said that he'd prefer to be traded if the Pirates don't expect to contend in 2018 or 2019.

Harrison sees which way the wind is blowing after the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. "If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded," Harrison said in part of the statement. "I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer." The versatile 30-year-old is owed $10 million in 2018, with a $10.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2019 and an $11.5 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2020. Rosenthal writes that the Mets, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams with reported interest in Harrison. If the Pirates don't feel they are getting fair value, they could easily hold and wait until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 16 - 2:09 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Josh Harrison is drawing "considerable interest" on the trade market.

Biertempfel notes that the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Mets have all come forward to inquire about landing Harrison from the Pirates. The Yankees have also shown interest in Bucs ace Gerrit Cole, so it might make sense for the two come over together in the right deal. Harrison slashed .272/.339/.432 last season with 16 homers and 12 steals. The versatile 30-year-old can play multiple positions and is controlled through 2020 at a reasonable rate.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 10:10:00 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have discussed Josh Harrison with the Pirates.

Harrison would give the Halos an option at third base in 2018 and could potentially slide over to second base in 2019 after Ian Kinsler's contract runs out. The 30-year-old batted .272/.339/.432 with 16 homers and 12 stolen bases for the Pirates this past season. The Mets and Blue Jays have also expressed interest.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 12:55:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Blue Jays have interest in Josh Harrison.

Brink also confirms a previous report of the Mets having interest in Harrison and adds that the Angels "would make sense" as a landing spot. Harrison would give Toronto some protection for the injury-prone Devon Travis at second base and also would be an option at third should the team wind up trading Josh Donaldson. The 30-year-old had a solid bounce-back season in 2017 and is under team control at reasonable rates through 2020.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 02:23:00 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets could explore a deal for Josh Harrison at the upcoming Winter Meetings.

The Mets are in the market for an upgrade at second base and have already expressed interest in trading for Ian Kinsler or Jason Kipnis this off-season. Harrison hit .272/.339/.432 with 16 homers and 12 stolen bases in 128 games for the Pirates in 2017.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:33:00 AM

Pirates activated INF Josh Harrison from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Harrison missed most of the last month of the 2017 season with a fractured hand, but he'll be ready to roll come spring training in 2018. The versatile 30-year-old posted a decent .272/.339/.432 batting line with 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 128 games this season.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 11:11:00 PM

Pirates transferred INF Josh Harrison from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ran Runzler. Harrison is out for the season with a fractured hand.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Pirates placed INF Josh Harrison on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured fifth metacarpal on his left hand.

Harrison suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Saturday. Although the Pirates haven't revealed a potential timetable for him, this will almost surely end Harrison's season. Sean Rodriguez could receive the bulk of the starts at second base down the stretch, although the club is expected to get Adam Frazier (hamstring) back later this week.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 10:33:00 AM

Josh Harrison will consult with a hand specialist after taking a pitch off his left hand during Saturday's game.

That doesn't sound good. One assumes he would have had an X-ray after getting hit, and if the Pirates aren't saying anything about that, odds are that something turned up. At least the team is due to get Adam Frazier back sometime next week.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 09:48:00 PM

Josh Harrison came out of Saturday's game after five innings because of an apparent hand injury.

Harrison was hit by a pitch in the fifth. He remained in to run the bases, but he didn't take his position in the top of the sixth.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 08:45:00 PM

Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

It looks to be a routine day off. Sean Rodriguez will fill in at second base.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Elias Diaz
3Jacob Stallings
4Ryan Lavarnway
1B1Josh Bell
2Jose Osuna
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
3Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1David Freese
2Colin Moran
3Jung Ho Kang
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Adam Frazier
3Jordan Luplow
4Todd Cunningham
CF1Starling Marte
2Austin Meadows
3Jason Martin
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Daniel Nava
3Bryce Brentz
Starting Pitcher
S1Ivan Nova
2Jameson Taillon
3Chad Kuhl
4Trevor Williams
5Joe Musgrove
6Tyler Glasnow
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Michael Feliz
3George Kontos
4Edgar Santana
5A.J. Schugel
6Jordan Milbrath
7Steven Brault
8Josh Smoker
9Kevin Siegrist
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Kyle Crick
12Jack Leathersich
13Nik Turley
14Nick Burdi