Josh Harrison trade talk appears to be heating up. Rob Biertempfel of the Trib says several teams have asked about Harrison, naming the Blue Jays and Mets, which had previously been mentioned, as well as the Yankees.
Though not explicitly stated, the Yankees’ interest would figure to stand irrespective of a possible Gerrit Cole trade.
Harrison has been up and down since signing a four-year, $27.3 million extension before the 2015 season. He’s back on the upturn after a massive leap to 23 hit-by-pitches helped fuel a .272/.339/.432 line in 2017. Strong defense, of course, has kept him valuable even during his less productive offensive periods.
On a contract once seen as a bit of a burden on the Pirates, Harrison has one more year remaining at $10.25 million, with two club option years following.
On one hand, Harrison’s value has surged back up. If the Pirates are to trade bigger pieces like Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, they should probably cash in on Harrison, too. However, if there’s any hope for 2018 — or even if the Pirates are hoping for a quick reload, focusing on prospects at or near the majors in other trades, Harrison could be an important piece to keep around. This especially goes with the Pirates’ third-base issues.
So, what say you?
Is it the right time to trade Josh Harrison?
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