Harrison Speaks About Trade Rumors

With trade deadline around the corner, Harrison remains focused on winning.

Noah Hiles
July 09, 2018 - 9:11 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – In his eight year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, second baseman Josh Harrison has seen first hand all of the ups and downs that the franchise has experienced in their recent past. After making his MLB debut in 2011 and then becoming an every day starter in 2014, Harrison is now known as one of the few remaining players on the Pirates’ active roster to have played on all three of their teams that reached the post season in 2013-2015.

However, with the Bucs entering Monday seven games below .500 and more than eight games out of the second Wild Card spot, many are assuming that the club will look to deal their veterans, Harrison being one of them, before the approaching trade deadline on July 31.

Harrison, who has been at the center of trade talks the past two years, spoke to the media prior to the Pirates game against the Washington Nationals on Monday about the idea of possibly being dealt to another team by the end of the month. When asked if hearing his name involved in trade rumors effects his ability to focus on playing game in and game out, the two time All Star said that he has learned to block out the noise.

“Earlier in my career (I did),” said Harrison. “When you first come up you’ve never experienced a trade deadline so you hear this and that but once you get to a point to where you’ve been where I have, you understand the professional part of it.”

Harrison continued saying, “You show up every day and give what you’ve got to your guys. I can’t worry about (being traded) because my job is to show up wearing black and yellow and play for these guys to the right and left of me. We haven’t gotten what we wanted here lately but that doesn’t stop us from coming out every day and giving everything that we got.”

The Pirates have been the only team that Harrison has called home through his big league career. When asked if he wants to continue playing in Pittsburgh, Harrison said yes, but made it clear that he wants to be a part of a winning ball club.