The Cincinnati Reds informed infielder Josh Harrison that he was not going to make the opening day roster. With that information, Harrison used his opt-out clause in his contract and is now a free agent according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

Cincinnati brought Josh Harrison into spring training on a minor league deal. The 2-time All-Star had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2023. In 40 games with the Philadelphia Phillies he hit .204/.263/.291 and was released before the season was over. Cincinnati brought him in with the hopes that he would put that season behind him and could potentially fill a spot on the bench as a utility man who could play around the infield and outfield.

The 36-year-old played in eight games this spring. He went 5-20 – that’s a .250 batting average – without drawing a walk. In his 20 trips to the plate he smacked two doubles and struck out just one time. In the field he played second base, third base, and one game in left field. But he also only played in one game after March 7th. He went 2-4 with a double and a steal in the March 13th game against San Francisco.

With Harrison now opting out and becoming a free agent, there are 40 players remaining in camp. That includes outfielder TJ Friedl left-handed pitcher Alex Young, who will both be on the injured list when the regular season begins. That leaves 12 players left who will be cut from big league camp or placed on the injured list when the season begins.

16 Responses

  1. AMDG

    I guess this means there is one more spot available on Louisville’s roster for an infielder.

    • MK

      There are plenty of younger possibilities in the system.

  2. Dennis Westrick

    Not gonna lose any sleep over losing a 36-year-old free agent infielder! Best of luck Mr. Harrison!

    • JayTheRed

      I’m with you not losing any sleep over this either. Goodbye. With his numbers I think only teams that are not expecting to compete might give him a flyer.

      • MK

        Krall era seems to love left-handed hitting but the bench could use some righthanded pop which neither a Kemp or Ford can provide.

  3. MBS

    I liked the coming home story, but in reality he was a longshot to be very useful. Kemps stock went up, 31 G in center, but hasn’t seen action there since 2019. Still maybe he’s a useful utility guy.

    Marte really screwed up, and his team is now going to pay for it. There is zero margin for error on the IL now. Off days are going to be filled by journey men, and AAAA players.

  4. SultanofSwaff

    Tony Kemp had a .607 OPS last year, he would be a fit on another team. We have better options regardless of service time.

  5. LarkinPhillips

    Hold up… Lots of people on here told me they knew for a fact Harrison would make this roster because he was Bell’s boy this year.

    • LDS

      Never discount the fickleness of Bell. He can find another Harrison replacement, maybe Ford.

    • Richard Fitch

      It’s a lost opportunity for the Bell Haters, but as they say in the movies, “tomorrow’s another day.”

      • LDS

        Never confuse a lack of respect for a person’s skills with hatred of that person.

  6. H.B.

    They have better options than Harrison. Other possibilities may even pop up with roster cuts coming from other teams.

  7. JayTheRed

    At this rate of injuries Ford and Kemp will make the team. I am not totally against having them, but the injury bug sure is biting hard again this spring.

    Hopefully Friedl won’t miss more than a month total time.