Infielder Josh Harrison will be playing with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year deal. He will be playing on a regular at second base for the team. However, before stepping on to the field, he has to pass a physical.
31-year-old Harrison is versatile when it comes to being a defender. Also, he is a great base runner. However, over the years he’s had his ups and downs on the field. He became a free agent after the Pirates chose to decline his $10.5MM offer during the end of the 2018 season. During his 374 plate appearances, his batting line was .250/.293/.363.
Harrison has not bee able to replicate the stats he had while playing back in 2014. However, he keeps going between league-average and lesser season numbers. His slash line for the last four season is .274/.319/.396. According to those at Statcast, they don’t expect Harrison to add better results to his batted-profile. For example, his grades for last year came in at .275 xwOBA that lagged his .285 wOBA.
Detroit Tigers Continue To Add To Their Roster
Also coming to the Detroit Tigers is a former Pittsburgh teammate Jody Mercer. The two are great together. The two will bring experience as well as familiarity with each other to the middle infield for Detroit. However, that doesn’t leave much room for young players to receive some play time on the field. With that in mind, there aren’t too many younger players who seem ready to go out on the field anyways.
With Harrison having a short-term contract, it’s likely that he will be up for trade next season as well as Mercer. There are a few more short-term assets on the team such as Nicholas Castellanos who are ready to play this summer. Detroit continues to stockpile youthful players as they continue to work towards being World Champion contenders.