At long last, the Phillies have cut bait on scuffling infielder Josh Harrison

Josh Harrison's underwhelming tenure with the Phillies is all but over, after being designated for assignment following the acquisition of Michael Lorenzen prior to the trade deadline.
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While not as impressive as the likes of the Astros, Marlins and Angels, the Phillies still did well at this year's trade deadline. Arguably their biggest addition, was pitcher Michael Lorenzen.

Another reason to mention the 2023 All-Star, is because his acquisition from Detroit all but brings an end to Josh Harrison's time in Philadelphia. He has been designated for assignment and later released, to make room for Lorenzen on the 40-man roster.

It was undoubtedly a disappointing tenure in Philadelphia for Harrison, who was signed during the off-season to a one-year, $2 million deal. He was meant to provide depth, versatility and experience, but the expectations did not play out as hoped.

Poor production with the bat

Instead, the 36-year-old has endured one of the worst seasons of his 13 years in the Majors. This includes a .204/.263/.291 slash line and .554 OPS, which project to be the second-worst of his career.

In addition, Harrison had produced a -0.5 WAR at the time of his designation. This ranked third-worst among all Phillies batters.

The right-handed bat was unable to contribute much defensively either, with his opportunities limited. Mostly stationed at second and third base during his career, these have been two positions of stability and strength for the Phillies during the 2023 campaign.

What next for Harrison?

Looking ahead, while Harrison could be claimed, it seems more likely he will clear waivers. If this happens, the Phillies will owe him the remainder of his $2 million contract, which is fully guaranteed.

Despite his underwhelming play this year, you want to believe the Cincinnati, Ohio native still has something left in the bank. In this respect, it will only take one front office to agree with this perspective, with the added lure of him being a minimal financial risk.

Harrison's time in the Majors has included stints with the Pirates, Tigers, Nationals, Athletics and White Sox. He was originally selected by the Cubs, in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.