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Red Sox interested in Josh Harrison

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The Red Sox are looking for ways to boost their roster and get a player Josh Harrison Reports “on their radar” John Heyman from the New York Post.

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This element of Heyman appeared before the Sox He reached an agreement With Adam Duvall, but the move likely won’t dampen their interest in Harrison. With Duvall taking time out in center field, that could theoretically move Enrique Hernandez in the role of mediator, but it is likely that they will still need someone like Harrison. Just recently, when speak On the club’s need to add two quarterbacks, Chief Baseball Officer Haim Blum said that it “doesn’t even need to be limited to two players.”

There were several reasons why the Sox needed to look for a lot of help in the middle. Xander BogaertsHowever, a short stint for the club for many years, he opted out of his contract and signed with the Padres. This hope was in Boston Trevor’s story, who played second base last year in deference to the Bogaerts, could slip to the other side of the bag this year. But as he ramped up for the next season, he experienced some soreness in his arm and was eventually required Internal stent surgery, variant of Tommy John. He is now set to miss most or possibly all of the 2023 season.

That left the club with limited options for middle court and center field. Hernandez W Christian Arroyo They may have combined in the middle field, although both players have somewhat limited shortstop experience. Arroyo has 172 1/3 big-league innings there, spending much more time at second and third base. Hernandez scored 618 runs in a short but sporadic run over the past nine seasons, never reaching 160 in any single campaign. This script will also leave Garen Doran As a daily midfielder and catch tasks in the hands Rhys McGuire And Connor Wong. Aside from Hernandez, none of these options have truly established themselves as regulars in the big leagues, leaving Boston with one solid option for four spots. This makes it reasonable for them to look for fortifications in the multiplayer format.

Since the news of Storey’s injury, the club has added Jorge Alfaro They got a minor league deal to help out behind the plate, and the aforementioned Duvall signing gives them an extra option in center field. The latest signing seems to indicate Hernández has spent more time on the dirt but they could bolster their field with the addition of Harrison. The 35-year-old spent his prime with the Pirates, but has since moved into comfortable guy status, jumping to the Tigers, Nationals, Athletics and White Sox over the past four seasons.

With Chicago last year, he made 119 appearances, delivering his usual combination of low energy and high connectivity. He hit just seven home runs on the year and only walked in 4.9% of his runs to the plate, but he also fell in strikeouts only 16.7% of the time. He finished the year with a .256/.317/.370 hitting streak for WRC+ of 98, just two points below the league average. Defensively, Harrison played mostly second base but occasionally played third base, left field, and shortstop. He probably won’t be seen as a finisher in that latter position because he only spent three rounds there last year and only 265 in his career, with most of that coming back in 2012. His work in the second- and third-place finishes is generally well-ranked, and he can He holds an external position in case of emergency.

Signing Harrison from the Red Sox would likely require Hernandez to be viewed as a viable solution at short notice. Chad Jennings of The Athletic He wrote back in December that there are some in the organization who do see him that way. As mentioned earlier, he has scored some decent runs there in total but hasn’t spent long in the position. This makes it difficult to measure his performance on a full-time basis, but for what it’s worth, advanced defensive metrics don’t make it seem like an outlandish idea. He earned nine defended runs saved over his 618 career innings pitched and a 5.3 Ultimate Zone rating, though his Outs Above Average gave him a -3.

Sox also voiced some interest In a short solution more clearly in the form of Elvis Andrews. He never played anywhere else except at shortstop and could simply kick Hernandez to second base as he spent 1,717 runs in his career, nearly three times as many as shortstops. Since Andrus can play shortstop, it will probably require a slightly higher financial investment than Harrison, so the Sox will have to decide if it’s worth a few extra bucks to get the sharper fit or try to save a few bucks in order to try the more creative route and give Hernandez has a chance to get the job. The latter course would be somewhat risky, since Duvall is also not a proven option in center field. He has only 593 2/3 innings pitched that point in his career, all of that coming in the past three years. Signing Harrison to play second center means the Sox are sticking to unproven options at shortstop and center, both of whom are considered outstanding defensive positions.

Agreement with Duvall pushes Boston’s competitive balance tax account to $216 million, according to calculations list resource. That leaves the club with some wiggle room before they reach the luxury tax threshold of $233m, which they will probably want to stay below after barely passing last year. They could certainly fit in a contract with Andrus or Harrison while they remain down the line, but they’ll probably want to set aside some cash for some mid-season acquisitions. Other free agents who can help include the midfield Jose IglesiasAnd Cesar Hernandez And Didi Gregory.

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