TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH INFIELDER JOSH HARRISON
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with infielder Josh Harrison on a one-year Major League contract.
“All of us with the Tigers are looking forward to what Josh will bring to our organization this season wearing the Olde English ‘D’. We’re extremely excited to have Josh join our ballclub and compete as a member of our team, bringing the same intensity and excitement that he’s become known for around the league. Additionally, we expect his off-field leadership and clubhouse presence will be significant, which is an area we place great importance on.” – Al Avila, Exec VP of Baseball Operations and GM
Josh Harrison, 31, played in 97 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018, hitting .250/.293/.363 with 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 37 RBI. Harrison excelled in clutch situations, batting .361 (48×133) with runners on base, which ranked second in the National League (min. 100 at-bats), while he hit .333 (23×69) with runners in scoring position, which was ninth in the NL (min. 60 at-bats).
A National League All-Star selection in 2014 and 2017, Harrison has played all eight of his Major League seasons with the Pirates, batting .277/.317/.408 with 363 runs scored, 154 doubles, 27 triples, 52 home runs and 269 RBI in 842 games. He finished ninth in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 2014, hitting .315 (164×520), which ranked second in the NL. Harrison was also a member of Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, helping the United States to the Gold Medal.
Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the June 2008 draft, Harrison played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati, where he was named the Big East Co-Player of the Year and earned second team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in 2008. Harrison was elected to the University of Cincinnati Athletics Hall of Fame in October, 2015.
Harrison and his wife, Brittany, have two daughters, Mia Jade and Kinsli Rose, and reside in Cincinnati.
A corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced later.