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.
The Kansas City Royals lost to the Baltimore Orioles last night. After the game they flew to Boston to play the Red Sox. They played for 12 whole minutes this afternoon, lost, and are now on their way to Cleveland to take on the Indians tomorrow. For their part the Red Sox are now heading to the airport to fly out to San Diego for a game against the Padres tomorrow.
All of this was the result of a suspended game on August 7, which was halted as the Royals and Red Sox were tied 4-4 in the top of the 10th inning. It was resumed, and concluded quite quickly, this afternoon.
When the game was suspended, Josh Taylor had just come on to pitch for Boston and Royals catcher Meibrys Viloria was ahead in the count to 2-1. It resumed at 1:05pm. Nick Dini pinch-hit for Viloria and lined out and the next two Royals batters went down in order as well.
In the bottom of the 10th Andrew Benintendi struck out, Christian Vázquez doubled, Chris Owings pinch ran for him, Sam Travis was intentionally walked and then Brock Holt singled in Owings. Game over, with the proceedings ending at 1:17 PM.
Not that it was a waste of everyone’s time. The Red Sox wisely made a fun day out of it by allowing anyone who is 18 or under to attend the game for free. All others were allowed to enter for a $5 donation to the Jimmy Fund. Concessions were dirt cheap, with sodas and hot dogs going for a buck or so. Kids were allowed to run the bases afterward and they kept the concession stands open for a good long while.
The reporters and some fans on the scene were tweeting about how great an atmosphere it was so, hey, not too bad.