With the end of the MLB season, comes one of the most anticipated free-agents in years. Bryce Harper, arguably the biggest star in all of baseball is on the market, and he has a big asking price. Though he has previously stated that he would like to stay in Washington, it was recently announced that he rejected a $300 Million offer sheet from the Nats.
This signals to teams around the league that Harper has likely played his last game as a member of the Nationals. With that, let’s look into some possible landing spots for the 26 year old phenom.
Washington- Obviously, this is a solid guess as a fallback. The problem here is really the lack of winning. They already offered him close to what he was looking for, $300 Million, so one can assume that winning is a huge priority for Harper at this point in his career.
Los Angeles (Dodgers)- This looked like a much likelier possibility last week, but LA just offered ace Clayton Kershaw a 3 year $93 Million deal. They already have stars on the books, and will also look to negotiate a new deal with Yasiel Puig before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the 2020 offseason.
Cleveland- The Indians have been good the last couple of years. Not great, not elite; good. With that, they have decided not to send out any qualifying offers to their stars. This leaves them room to build around a great player like Harper, as well as maybe bringing back a few key guys who just want to win more than anything else.
Philadelphia- This is a team that has emerged just recently, and is currently looking like the top contender for Harper. They have just $63 Million on the books for this upcoming season, allowing them enough room to take on a $300-$400 Million deal over 10 years. Also, Harper’s agent, Scott Boras has expressed sentiment that Harper enjoys Philadelphia.
All signs are pointing to Philly, but I’m excited to see where he decides to spend the next 10 or so years of his likely HoF career. Expect a decision in the coming months, and be ready because this could change the power balance in the MLB for years to come.