The Milwaukee Brewers continue their search for a second baseman for 2019. One player whom they have seen several times before is Josh Harrison formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Over the past several years, the Milwaukee Brewers have seen more than enough of Josh Harrison to make a judgment of what kind of player he is. They must like him enough to show interest in his free agent market per a report from Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Josh Harrison, very good super utility player with plus 39 DRS at 2B/3B, has interest from Nats, Reds, Rangers, Giants, Brewers, with Yanks, Phils, Dodgers potentially in play, depending on the big guys
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 27, 2018
Harrison is a good defender, and is versatile, which is something the Brewers covet. But his bat has been trending downward for the past four seasons.
What Could Harrison Bring To Milwaukee?
Last year, Harrison hit .250 with the Pirates, the fourth year in a row that his batting average was lower than the year previous.
Harrison, 31, is more of a utility player at this point, similar to what Hernan Perez already brings to the team. He does play most of his innings at second base, which is the role the Brewers would want him to fill.
Harrison also doesn’t draw walks very often. He’s currently holding steady at a 4.0% career walk rate.
Why Is Milwaukee Interested In Harrison?
They did say there were looking for a bargain. And Harrison is going to sign for cheap, which puts him on GM David Stearns’ radar.
Perhaps a switch to Miller Park would help improve Harrison’s offensive numbers, but he probably would not be guaranteed an everyday job with the Brewers. He’s a cheap option to be a stopgap until the minor league prospects are ready. Harrison might not even stand in the way of Mauricio Dubon when he’s ready to be called up.
If the Milwaukee Brewers want a cheap option at second base that won’t block anybody from the position, Harrison is a good guy to get. If they want someone who will actually provide more help for the offense, they should probably look elsewhere.
Harrison will be looking for a one year deal as he tries to get out of the downward spiral that he’s been in, but a move to a contender like the Brewers likely isn’t his best shot.
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The Milwaukee Brewers will continue their search for a second baseman until one they like on the market falls to within their price range.