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Josh Harrison signs 4-year contract extension with the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have locked up their starting third baseman and utility player to a long-term contract that could potentially keep him in Pittsburgh until 2020.

Josh Harrison signed a 4-year deal that runs through the 2018 season. The contract includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Pirates announced on Wednesday that the contract is worth $27.3 million, but it could be worth as much as $50.3 million if Harrison exercises the two options for 2019 and 2020.

Pirates general manager said, “We are pleased to make this commitment to Josh and that Josh has made this commitment to the Pirates. Josh is a very talented, well-rounded player who helps our team win games offensively, defensively and on the bases. Additionally, he is an outstanding person who leads by example with his energy, grit and positivity. We look forward to continuing to work with Josh to achieve our shared goals.”

Josh Harrison had a career year in 2014. Harrison stepped up in place of Pedro Alvarez at third base, and Harrison hit .315 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. He also added 18 stolen bases, and Harrison made some outstanding diving plays at third base. Harrison is a great player that the Pirates have locked up, and the Pirates need to continue to lock up their key players like Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole.

Josh Harrison was taken as one of the top third baseman in most of the fantasy baseball drafts this season. Harrison is one of the most consistent hitters that the Pirates have, and Harrison has speed to swipe bags. Harrison’s fantasy value absolutely skyrocketed toward June of last season because of how stellar his play was. I look for Harrison to finish in the top 10 of third baseman in 2015. If you don’t have Harrison on your fantasy roster and you need a solid third baseman, I would try to trade for him before he goes on a hot streak and his stock rises.


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