Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Mets move on from Harrison

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The longest tenured player for the Pittsburgh Pirates might just be staying around a bit longer.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported yesterday that the New York Mets — long thought of as a logical trade partner for Josh Harrison — have signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year deal.

While the Mets solving their third base need does not absolutely preclude Harrison from being traded, the dearth of smoke surrounding the Harrison trade fire over the past two weeks regarding any team other than the Mets being interested — and New York’s interest was waning to boot — leads many to believe that Harrison will at least start the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Things could change. The New York Yankees were thought to be in the market for Harrison when the two clubs were discussing other deals, and should they decide Miguel Andujar is not quite ready for a full time role, they may re-engage. Other teams that were interested — namely the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies — seem to have moved on, shrinking the market for Harrison significantly.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will undoubtedly trade Josh Harrison before the season is over, but at this point it would appear that the club’s chances of striking a deal before the 2018 season have slipped away.

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)