It could be said that the Los Angeles Dodgers are comfortably in limbo in regards to the second base spot. Still, with the versatility that players like Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernandez, and Max Muncy offer; the team doesn’t need to feel desperate to make a signing. However, Jon Heyman mentioned a new name on Twitter on Friday to keep on your radar.
Heyman states that the Dodgers are ‘in play’ for Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison.
Josh Harrison, very good super utility player with plus 39 DRS at 2B/3B, has interest from Nats, Reds, Rangers, Giants, Brewers, with Yanks, Phils, Dodgers potentially in play, depending on the big guys
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 27, 2018
It’s important to note that the Dodgers are one of many teams who are in the market for Harrison. Without much depth around the tweet, it’s difficult to know the stage these talks are at. It could have been a single phone call or a comment from a member of the front office to Heyman that indicated interest.
Still, Harrison presents an interesting option for the Dodgers to look towards. A look at his baseball-reference page paints the picture of a solid big leaguer.
Harrison was an All-Star in 2014 and then again in a resurgent 2017 season. He will be entering his age-31 season in 2019. A lifetime .277 hitter, Harrison missed time in 2018 due to injury that led to a downtrodden year in 97 games. Over the course of his career, he’s displayed not only position versatility but a decent power/speed mix. Harrison has appeared in every position on the diamond except centerfield and first base.
While not much may become of this single rumor, the take home message is clear. The Dodgers are still exploring options to solidify themselves up the middle after the retirement of Chase Utley. The Ohio-born Harrison is a good teammate and a grinder by reputation. The front office will need to decide if his demand – which seems significant – is worth the price.
Would you like to see the Dodgers make a run at Josh Harrison? Why or why not?