By Jason Shetler
The Los Angeles Dodgers are said to be showing interest in Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, this according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
After coming off an All-Star season in 2017, speculation began as to whether or not Harrison would be moved in the offseason, due to how much he was owed for 2018 ($10.25 million), as well as having high trade value. Following the trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January, Harrison voiced his displeasure, which really turned up the heat on the rumor mill that he would be dealt next.
In somewhat of a surprise, the Pirates chose to keep Harrison for his eighth season in Pittsburgh. During a series with the Miami Marlins in mid-April, a fastball fractured a metacarpal bone on his left hand. He ended up making a pleasantly quick recovery, returning to the club in late-May.
Harrison hasn’t been able to get on track at the plate this season, batting .256, while posting an OPS of .641 and a 0.2 oWAR in 55 games. The only value he presents at this point is above average defense and versatility to play multiple positions. The Dodgers just see Harrison as an alternative infield option, as their main goal is trying to acquire prized trade candidate and Baltimore Orioles third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado.