According to Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays are one of several teams that has expressed interest in free agent infielder, Josh Harrison.
Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Phillies and Rays are among teams in on Josh Harrison, a great and versatile defender— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2019
Harrison, 31, has spent all of his eight seasons in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs, and then was sent to Pittsburgh at the 2009 trade deadline in a five player deal, eventually making his big league debut during the 2012 season.
After a few seasons of trying to gain his footing, Harrison broke out with a 4.8 fWAR campaign in 2014. However, since then he hasn’t come close to matching that level of production, averaging 1.3 fWAR a year over the past four seasons.
In 2018, Harrison hit .250/.293/.363 with 8 HR over 374 plate appearances, accruing 0.3 fWAR, while spending the majority of his time at second base. He can play multiple positions well, as he has been spread out all over the diamond in both the infield and outfield.
The Rays currently are filled to the brim with major league talent up the middle of their infield with the likes of Matt Duffy, Willy Adames, Joey Wendle, Daniel Robertson, Christian Arroyo, Brandon Lowe, and Yandy Diaz all set to compete for playing time. It remains to be seen how they view Harrison fitting into the mix.