Josh Harrison: “I think there needs to be some type of communication to know that the plan is to win.”

Josh Harrison expressed his desire to play for an organization that is focused on winning. Photo Credit: David Hague
Josh Harrison: “I think there needs to be some type of communication to know that the plan is to win.”

BRADENTON, Fla. - Following the trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, Pirates' second baseman Josh Harrison released a statement saying that he wanted to be with a team that wanted to win. If the Pirates weren't intending on winning in 2018, Harrison had one message: Trade him.

On Sunday, Harrison arrived at Pirate City for the report date for position players. He arrived two days after David Freese called out the organization, saying the team has lacked a winning culture the last two years. He arrived a day after we talked with Gerrit Cole, who echoed the same sentiments about the organization. And when asked if his feelings have changed from his earlier statement, Harrison responded with a simple "No."

"My statement was something that was from the heart," Harrison said. "At t...

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