Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison suggested Tuesday that in the wake of the team trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, that he would like to be traded next if the team doesn't plan to contend in 2018.
The Mets, Yankees, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have been talking with the Pirates this offseason about a potential trade for Harrison.
"Now, I am the most tenured member of the Pirates, I want to win, I want to contend, I want to win championships in 2018, 2019 and beyond," Harrison said in a statement released to The Athletic.
"My passion for Pittsburgh, what it has MEANT to me, what it MEANS to me, can never be questioned," Harrison continued. I love this city, I love the fans, I love my teammates. Saying that, the GM is on record as saying, 'When we get back to postseason-caliber baseball, we would love our fans to come back out.' 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. I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer."
Harrison, 30, hit .272/.339/.432 with a career-high 16 HR, 26 doubles, 47 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 128 games last season for the Pirates. He was the 11th-most valuable second baseman in baseball, worth 2.6 WAR, according to FanGraphs, slotting in behind Robinson Cano and ahead of Ian Kinsler.
Defensively, Harrison was worth 6 DRS (defensive runs saved) in 653 1/3 innings at second base last season, and worth 2 DRS in 341 2/3 innings at third base. He also saw limited time in left field and right field.
Harrison is a career .281/.321/.414 hitter in seven seasons with the Pirates, and has been a plus defender at second base every year since 2012.
He will make $10 million in 2018, and is under contract at $10.5 million in 2019 and $11.5 million in 2020. However, his 2019 salary can be bought out for $1 million, and his 2020 salary can be bought out for $500,000.