The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have declined the $10.5 M club option for Josh Harrison for 2019, buying out that option for $1 M. They also bought out Jung Ho Kang’s 2019 option for $250,000. Both players are now free agents.
The Harrison move was expected, as the 31-year-old second baseman hit .250/.293/.363 in 97 games in 2018. He posted an 0.3 WAR this year, his lowest since he was a bench player back in 2013, when he played just 60 games.
There was a possibility that the option for Kang would be picked up, though it was more likely that they would deny the option and try to bring him back for 2019 at a lower salary. His 2019 option salary was $5,500,000, which would have been a bargain at his old production, but Kang has played just a few Major League games in the last two seasons due to legal troubles.