The Detroit Tigers are in the middle a rebuild, but they have went out and signed two-time All-Star infielder Josh Harrison to a one-year contract, according to reports.
For a rebuilding team that is likely going to have a lot of young guys playing significant time this season, having a veteran like Josh Harrison around the team and in the clubhouse should be beneficial because he was on some good Pirates teams during his time in Pittsburgh so he knows what it’s like to be around a winning team. He also got off to a slow start in his career before establishing himself as an everyday player in the league, so he should be able to set a good example for younger players about the work it takes day in and day out to be a productive player at the major league level.
Harrison is coming off of a down season that saw his on-base percentage drop by over 40 points from the season before and saw his OPS drop by 115 points. That was all while playing only 97 games. While that was a down season for Harrison, he was an All-Star as recently as 2017 and in 2014 he actually cracked the top-10 in the MVP voting.
With this only being a one-year contract and bringing a veteran like Harrison in, this feels like a good, safe move for the Tigers and for Harrison it’s a good chance for him to have a bounce back season and if he puts up similar numbers to his career numbers in the first half of the season he could be a candidate to be traded to a contender around deadline time.