The Bryce Harper sweepstakes are getting HOT. Well, kind of. It’s February 25th and we’re still sitting here, waiting for this guy to sign with a team and probably break some sort of record doing it.
We’re essentially down to a three-team race for the rights to Bryce. The San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers and who I think are the clear front runners, the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dodgers aren’t as in as the aforementioned two, but they’re reportedly looking to offer a short-term deal after manager Dave Roberts and the LA front office met with Harper and big swinging MLB agent, Scott Boras in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
But the Dodgers legit brought the Brinks truck to their training facility today and if that wasn’t planned–which I’m assuming it wasn’t–that is an asinine real-life metaphor.
Sometimes real life is simply too much. This just happened at the Dodgers spring facility. pic.twitter.com/cBk8sbygfC
— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) February 25, 2019
What a wild thing to happen today. I mean yeah, Harper’s going to land a deal that is probably going to be insane. Manny Machado who was the other major free-agent on the market, just signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres which is the same deal that Harper was offered by his former team, the Washington Nationals, back in September that he decided to turn down.
Imagine being offered $300 million and saying NO? Just imagine that sitting on the table. I want to lobby for $50,000 a year at my job and if I got that I would be hyped.
Because we’ve waited this long and Manny Machado’s set the benchmark for this offseason, my guess is that Harper signs something slightly above what Machado got, but it can’t be by that much, right?
The Brinks truck is literally at the Dodgers facility today, boy. Back it up and dump it all to Harper because he’s a big market type of player and while Philly is going to be a solid squad in 2019, having his name in Los Angeles would be huge for the game.
-Nick Quaglia (@NickQuag)