Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Harrison Latest to Voice His Displeasure

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Harrison Latest to Voice His Displeasure

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BRADENTON, Fla. - Every Pirates player is in camp. The veterans have had their say, as have the manager and general manager. On the eve of the first full-squad workout of spring training, the dialogue codified a similar avenue of frustration, manifested in two places.

The veterans expressed displeasure with the commitment to winning both in the clubhouse and the front office. This was not news to those in charge of the clubhouse and the front office.

"You're the ones that have heard them the last couple of days," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've heard them. We've been talking about them, we've had conversations about them. That's really the way it should work. I don't ever think it's a bad thing when people share what they feel they need to share. I'm still a proponent of sharing it when you feel it."

Friday, David Freese decried the clubhouse's culture as one lacking a demand or urgency to win. Josh Harrison, who after the Andrew McCutchen trade released a statement requesting a trade of his own if the Pirates were not intent on trying to win, reiterated his position upon arriving Sunday at camp.

"My main goal is to make sure wherever I am, that they understand that I want to win," Harrison said. "If that's not the main focus, I want to go elsewhere."

Harrison said it wasn't his place to speak out while sharing a clubhouse with McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. He felt more comfortable sharing his feelings after their departure, echoing Freese's concerns about a team that finished 75-87 and worse than .500 for the second year in a row.

"I don't care how we do it, but things need to be done," Harrison said. "As Freese said the other day, it's got to be urgent and not just from a couple guys, a couple people in the office. It has to be top to bottom."

Also at issue: The dissonance between the organizations's stated intent to compete this season and the trades of their franchise center fielder and best starting pitcher. Harrison came away from his conversation with Huntington unconvinced. …

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