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SportOpinion: Yankees should just end the charade and pay Bryce Harper

16:35  07 february  2019
16:35  07 february  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Opinion : Yankees should just end the charade and pay Bryce Harper . The Yankees are built to win now and for the foreseeable future. And it so happens that their rival Red Sox just won 108 games and steamrolled through the postseason for a World Series win.

But Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are almost certainly January decisions — perhaps later What adds drama is the presence of the Dodgers lurking for Harper and the Yankees for Machado. Does Harper really want the White Sox or Phillies? Or should he gamble on himself that there is so much

Opinion: Yankees should just end the charade and pay Bryce Harper© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Star outfielder Bryce Harper remains unsigned about a week before spring training starts. Pretend you’re a Major League pitcher.

Hey, congrats! You’re freakishly talented, one of the precious few people on the planet with the capacity to throw a baseball 95 miles per hour with any accuracy. But I have some bad news: You’re warming up to pitch at Yankee Stadium, your team went quietly in the top of the first, and there’s a giant man named Aaron Judge somehow batting leadoff.

Look at the outfield wall: It seems impossibly close. Now look to the on-deck circle. Oh, for goodness’ sake, it’s Bryce Harper. Oh, and Giancarlo Stanton is standing on the top step with a batting helmet on, holding a bat, realizing all your nightmares.

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Yankees , Bryce Harper need each other — and would be perfect fit. To the Yankees : First of all, just confirming that you know the majority of opposing pitchers still throw right-handed? The acquisition of Harper also would take the heat off two significant Yankees : Hal Steinbrenner, who has

One more reason the Yankees should reel in Bryce Harper now. And a good plan today starts with Bryce Harper . Look, let’s not get too nuts over this development. First of all because Arenado hasn’t agreed to terms as far as we know — Rockies CEO Dick Monfort stoked the Hot Stove embers by

Like Manny Machado, Harper remains unsigned as MLB front offices lean on the sport’s luxury-tax threshold to avoid big expenditures. Unlike Manny Machado, Harper has been seen as an inevitable Yankee since before he even reached the Majors. He grew up a fan of the team, and he has never shied from the spotlight.

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Earlier this offseason, Yankees GM Brian Cashman referred to his club as “a fully operational Death Star” after payroll ducked below the luxury-tax threshold in 2018. Most took that to mean the Yanks would be chasing one of — or both of — Harper and Machado, but instead it’s February and we’re resigned to hoping video-game launches bring us big news.

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Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were free agents entering their primes, and the Yankees showed no interest in Harper and minimal interest in Machado. Hal Steinbrenner heard a lot of criticism that he lacked his father’s big-name, big-ticket flair. As it turned out, the Yankees probably had the best

What's more, Harper is just the kind of hitter who could regularly exploit such an advantage. He was already a good pull hitter before. While few, I definitely consider Bryce Harper as part of the next generation of elite brand of teas. Certainly as a studied connoisseur, I may hold a differing opinion as

The presence of Judge and Stanton — both corner outfielders — definitely complicates the Yanks’ potential pursuit of Harper, but they’ve got a DH spot to play with and Harper can sort of play center in a pinch. It’s hard to remember now, but Harper was a catcher in high school, and it seems likely he could turn himself into a plus defender at first base with a little practice. They can find room on the field for Bryce Harper.

And there’s room in the payroll, too, even if they’re clinging to the pretense that they can’t blow past the luxury-tax limit every year. Signing Harper would put them way over the mark this year, but they could probably get back under as soon as 2020 with a little creativity. Also, they’re the Yankees. The Yankees spent more than twice the league’s median payroll for twelve straight seasons from 2003-2014. The Yankees can always afford it, no matter what they say.

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Spiritually, this is Harper ’s home: We deserve Miami Bryce , who would definitely play either in a pastel blazer or Just picture the panic every pitcher will feel knowing that they have to survive a gauntlet of George Even if Soto and Robles end up becoming stalwarts in the outfield, Harper could eventually

It isn't Bryce Harper 's fault they're in their current predicament, but the Phils need him to outperform his contract to achieve team success. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper looks on during the first inning of a baseball game against the

Harper is reportedly meeting with teams like the Giants and Padres — clubs at the outset of or still very much in the middle of rebuilding phases. The Yankees are built to win now and for the foreseeable future.

And it so happens that their rival Red Sox just won 108 games and steamrolled through the postseason for a World Series win. They have responded, to date, by adding James Paxton, Troy Tulowitzki, D.J. LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino. Those are all fine players, but none of them is Bryce Harper.

Despite the utter lack of rumor connecting Harper to the Yanks, it will still feel inevitable to me until he signs elsewhere. Let’s say, I don’t know, 10 years and $350 million with a bunch of opt-outs and some escalators and milestone bonuses that could push the total value over $400 million.

Oh, and when it happens, they should totally bat Judge leadoff, Harper second and Stanton third, just for the sake of scaring the bejeezus out of every opposing starter.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Yankees should just end the charade and pay Bryce Harper

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White Sox out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.
If you’ve been away from the internet for the last 24 hours, you’ll want to catch up on the major free agent news that broke yesterday. If not, you can safely skip ahead to focusing on what’s next: the final stretch of bidding for Bryce Harper. Here’s the latest: The White Sox are “out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes,” according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter links). It had been fair to wonder whether the club would pivot to Harper after missing out on Manny Machado. Instead, though, it seems that ship has already sailed.

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