Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers are still among the teams interested in free agent utilityman Josh Harrison. Heyman previously reported the Dodgers interest back in December.
Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Phillies and Rays are among teams in on Josh Harrison, a great and versatile defender
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2019
Harrison, a 31-year-old, right-handed hitter, has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the entirety of his 8-year career.
You may remember Harrison as the hitter who homered off Rich Hill in the 10th inning to ruin the almost no-hitter on August 23, 2017.
His best year came back in 2014 where he had an all-star season, He hit .315/.347/.490 with a .365 wOBA, 137 wRC+, and 4.8 WAR. In his career, he’s a .277/.317/.408 hitter with a .315 wOBA, 98 wRC+, and 11.2 WAR.
Harrison struggled last season (.250/.293/.363, 0.3 WAR) but he was limited to 97 games due to injury. He was much better as recently as the 2017 season (.272/.339/.432, 2.6 WAR). The Dodgers may think he can rebound and get closer to the player he has been in his career.
He’s also a very versatile player. In his career, he’s played 3,064 innings at second base, 1,858.2 at third base, 205 at shortstop, and 708.2 in the outfield.
Having Harrison as a low-risk, high-reward bench player is an intriguing option for the team. They could really benefit from adding middle infield depth this off-season and Harrison could be that guy.
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