MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees at forefront for Pirates’ Josh Harrison
With either utility-man Ronald Torreyes or one of the Yankees inexperienced rookies projected to man two of the four infield positions, the Yankees have been quietly involved in acquiring a more experienced, veteran infielder. With Gerrit Cole talks seemingly going nowhere, the Yankees have inquired about another one of the Pirates’ talented players, Josh Harrison, to possibly fill one of their infield gaps.
Partnered with the Giancarlo Stanton deal, the Yankees traded away their second and third baseman in order to shed salary and stay under the luxury tax threshold. While this seemingly opened up the opportunity for a Todd Frazier reunion and a Gleyber Torres audition, there still is a lot of uncertainty regarding the two positions.
Todd Frazier is seeking a multi-year deal with an average annual value, which would push the limits of the Yankees payroll goals. Unless the fan-favorite agrees to a hometown discount for a shortened time, Todd Frazier will likely not fit into the Yankees 2018 plans.
Torres undeniably has the talent to succeed in pinstripes, but he is a season removed of Tommy John surgery and has minimal exposure to pitching above the Double-A level. The Yankees could opt to give him a shot at Spring Training, send him to Scranton, and then recall him if the Yankees infield is struggling.
Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar remain options for both positions, but it is not a surprise why the Yankees are pursuing an external option, due to the overall youth of the infield as a whole.
Josh Harrison is one player that is on top of the Yankees radar. The Pirates are very familiar with the Yankees farm system, and Harrison can play all the infield positions and even fill-in in the outfield if needed. He would not be nearly as expensive in terms of prospects and dollars as other players on the market, and his electric personality and style of play would be a welcomed addition in the Bronx.
Harrison slashed .272/.339/.432 in 2017, which saw him earn his second career ASG selection. Harrison is in the final season of a four-year 27.3-million-dollar deal, so the Yankees would not be obligated to keep him long-term and create a positional logjam similar to the outfield.
Harrison could be the Yankees starting third baseman or second baseman, and be a veteran presence for the Yankees extremely young infield.
A potential return for Pittsburgh would be much smaller than one for Cole, but the Yankees could possibly still send them a pitching or infield prospect they have had their eyes on.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the Yankees involvement in Harrison.
Article by: Ryan Thoms