The Mets, Yankees, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have contacted the Pirates about trading for 2B Josh Harrison, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have to figure out what exactly they want out of this," Newsday's Marc Carig said Thursday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "If it's prospects (the Pirates want), I think the Mets are poorly positioned to make a play for him. If it's money, maybe they're better positioned."
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, he 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.
The Mets have made second base a primary area of need this offseason. They attempted to trade for Kinsler, but of the teams the Tigers were talking to, he refused to waive his no-trade clause for any but the Angels, where the Tigers traded him earlier this month. The Mets have also expressed interest in trading for Indians 2B Jason Kipnis.