Friday, November 2, 2018

Can Josh Harrison Be A Fallback Option At Second Base For 2019 Red Sox?

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Clearly, if Dustin Pedroia is healthy, he is the first choice to man second base for the 2019 Red Sox. Of course, that was the plan for most of 2018, and the beloved 'Muddy Chicken' only played three games all year. The back-up plans worked out pretty well, with the likes of Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez, Ian Kinsler and Tzu-Wei Lin holding down the fort at the 'keystone' position. But, given the fact that The Laser Show will turn 36-years-old in August, there might be a need for a little more solid alternative. Enter one Josh Harrison. The Pirates have turned down their club option for the 31-year-old infielder ($10.5 million) and so he is free to sign anywhere. Just one year removed from an All-Star appearance, Harrison had a bit of an off-year in 2018 (.250, 8 HRs, 37 RBIs in 97 games played). But he is a .317 career hitter over eight seasons, and carries an outstanding career WAR of 13.9. Harrison is a solid defender at both second and third—in 397 career games at 2B, he's made 26 errors. If Harrison is willing to accept a role that might make him only a part-time player (and can be had for around $5 million or so), it might be a perfect fit.