Following the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison says he'd prefer a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates if they don't have plans to contend.
Harrison, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Pirates, said in a statement released to The Athletic that "perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded."
"My passion for Pittsburgh, what it has MEANT to me, what it MEANS to me, can never be questioned," Harrison said in his statement. "I love this city, I love the fans, I love my teammates. Saying that, the GM is on record as saying, 'When we get back to postseason-caliber baseball, we would love our fans to come back out.' If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded. I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer."
Harrison, 30, has one year remaining on a four-year deal he signed in 2015. He will make $10 million this season, and the Pirates also have club options on his contract -- worth $10.5 million and $11.5 million, respectively -- for 2019 and 2020.