CINCINNATI - All-Star third baseman Josh Harrison and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $27.3 million, four-year contract, a deal that would be $48.3 million over six seasons if a pair of team options are exercised.
The 27-year-old Harrison finished second in the NL .315 batting average last year while finishing ninth in the MVP race.
The deal was announced in his hometown on Wednesday in front of many of his family members.
Harrison gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $2.8 million this year, $5 million in 2016, $7.5 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018. Pittsburgh has a $10.5 million option for 2019 with a $1 million buyout and, if that is exercised, an $11.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.
The option prices could escalate by up to $1 million each based on his finish in MVP voting.
Harrison had agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year deal in January. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.