Former All-Star Opts Of Deal With Reds; Yankees Could Be Interested

Former All-Star infielder Josh Harrison's decision to opt out of his contract with his hometown team, the Cincinnati Reds, has sparked interest from the New York Yankees, especially with uncertainties surrounding DJ LeMahieu's injury status, as noted by Bryan Hoch.

Despite his recent struggles, Harrison's wealth of experience and versatility make him an intriguing option for the Yankees, who are in need of a stopgap solution at third base in LeMahieu's absence.

While Harrison's offensive production dipped in 2023, his track record suggests he could still provide value, offering a solid ability to make contact and a history of versatility across multiple positions.

The 36-year-old made it into just 40 games last season, however, in 2022 with the Chicago White Sox, Harrison posted a .256/.317/.370 triple-slash line, with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, two stolen bases, and 50 runs scored across 119 games played.

The Yankees view Harrison as a potential asset to bolster their infield depth, particularly with LeMahieu's availability for Opening Day in question.

Harrison's veteran presence and positive clubhouse reputation could also prove beneficial as the team navigates potential transitions and incorporates youthful talent during the 2024 season.

Although not a direct replacement for LeMahieu's leadoff role, Harrison's ability to contribute both offensively and defensively makes him a low-risk, high-reward addition to the Yankees' roster, providing stability during LeMahieu's recovery and beyond.

Over his 13-year career, Harrison holds a solid .270/.316/.396 triple-slash line, along with 73 home runs, 388 RBIs, 91 stolen bases, and 500 runs scored across 1,208 games played. He was an All-Star in the 2014 and 2017 seasons, and also finished ninth in MVP voting in the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Photo Credit:  Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports