It’s almost time for afternoon games, hot dogs at the ball park, and listening to Pat Hughes on the radio. And I couldn’t be more friggin excited.
Before we jump into the Chicago Cubs off season moves, let’s talk about Bryce Harper. I know, I know, I’m sick about hearing “Bryce Harper this” and “Bryce Harper that” but he’s been a spectral to watch this past off season. He’s been posting pictures from every city, catching up with old friends (namingly Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs) and having people beg for him to come to their team.
Watching and waiting for Harper to sign somewhere has been like waiting for John Tavares to sign back in July of 2018. It’s been a long off season of speculation with rumors being raised around every team. I’m not focusing as much on who he’s going to sign with but more why this is a big deal.
Bryce Harper was drafted 1st overall from the College of Southern Nevada back in 2010 to the Washington Nationals. Harper played his first career seasons for the Nationals in 2012, playing in 139 games with 98 runs and 144 hits of his 533 at bats. Harper maintained a .27 batting average and won the NL Rookie of the Year award.
Harper continued to amaze the league throughout his next 6 seasons in the MLB. Harper’s best year was 2015 where he played in 153 games with 654 plate appearances that resulted in 118 hits, 42 home runs and 99 RBI’s. The season awarded his a Silver Slugger, MVP award, and All-Star nomination.
Where We Are Now
Harper is hitting his prime at the age of 26 and he’s not slowing down. Teams have been reaching out to Harper all off season; the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, and most recently the San Francisco Giants. The offers have ranged far and wide, the Nationals offered Harper a 10 year, $300 million dollar contract. The Phillies and White Sox also reportedly offered Harper long-term contracts. ESPN had reported:
“The Phillies and White Sox are the other two teams known to be willing to guarantee Harper the decade-plus-long deal he and [Manny] Machado, each 26 years old, are seeking. Harper’s willingness to wait for a contract he deems suitable is real,” (x)
Harper is giving no indication on where he’s going to sign either. He’s the type of player that loves controlling this narrative, pulling in the attention. Him and Tyler Seguin would be great buddies. Harper is going to drag this as long as he can, even as players are starting to report for Spring Training. Harper’s signing is on the horizon and there is a number of teams he can sign with so now it’s a waiting game to see where this All-Star will play this season.
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