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Report: At least six teams are interested in Josh Harrison

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The Hot Stove isn’t exactly sizzling this weekend, but Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that free agent second baseman Josh Harrison has been drawing a fair amount of interest around the league of late. According to the latest rumors, the Dodgers, Rangers, Giants, Phillies, Angels, and Rays are all currently connected to Harrison, though any prospective deal seems far from completion.

Harrison, 31, had something of a down year in 2018. He batted .250/.293/.363 with eight home runs, three stolen bases, and 0.3 fWAR across 374 plate appearances — in most respects, the worst single-season output the Pirates had seen from him since 2014. Part of his decline stemmed from multiple injuries, as he missed nearly seven weeks of the club’s 2018 campaign with a left hand fracture, shoulder blade discomfort, and a lingering hamstring strain.

Those don’t figure to be pressing concerns in 2019, however, and there’s no doubt that the veteran infielder was a solid presence in the Pirates’ lineup when healthy. He’s only one season removed from his last All-Star run in 2017, and beyond that, offers enough positional flexibility to help offset whatever lingering concerns teams might have about his ability to produce at the plate. It’s not apparent if any of the aforementioned clubs have taken the lead on negotiations yet, but all six could certainly benefit from the added infield depth — even if they don’t have a starting role to offer him.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.