Word on the street is that Bryce Harper already knows what team he will be playing for next season. From what Scott Boras has said, “We know who the team is. It’s already completed and done, but Bryce he told me that he wanted to tell you personally.” This quote came from an interview Boras did during the World Series, and it has gotten a lot of people talking.
Some have said that Boras was just trying to generate publicity and steal some headlines from the World Series, and others think that it is a legitimate look into where Bryce Harper will be playing his ball next year. There are a couple of rumors flying around about where he will be playing next year. These teams include: the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Allow me to explain where I think he will be.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
The only reason why this team is even being rumored is because they have a shit load of money and it seems like that is what Bryce wants. If Bryce wants more than a $300 million contract then this seems to be the place. However, the Dodgers don’t really need any kind of outfielder because they’re already pretty loaded with Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Yasiel Puig. They’re pretty set. So, I would say this is the least realistic option from the rumors.
Myself included, every single Nationals fan wants Bryce Harper to retire as a National. There is no question that he is the only reason why Washington has been relevant in baseball since 2010. However, Bryce is shopping around. He turned down a $300 million contract because he wants to be the richest man in baseball. I mean, I say pay the man, but that’s just me. I think that he should stay, because then he looks like Lebron leaving Cleveland because he couldn’t win a championship there and someone that could said they’d pay him. After he declined that one-time offer, the Nationals said they would only offer something lower. The only chances of Bryce staying in Washington are if the other teams can’t out pay us, which I’m pretty sure most of them can. I think it would have to take a miracle for Bryce Harper to stay on the Nationals. There is no way some team isn’t going to pay him. Why wouldn’t you want Bryce Harper?? He’s one of the best players in baseball. I think that money talks, and so does a chance to win a ring. Bryce wants both and I think someone is out there that has a chance to win the World Series and is willing to pay him to help them do that. That is why I sadly don’t think that Bryce will be in D.C. next season.
Ok, so if Bryce Harper is unhappy in Washington D.C., then why the hell would this team make any sense for him. He would be staying in the division, and one of the worst teams in the division at that. The Phillies were below .500 last year. They are absolute trash. Do you think Bryce Harper wants to go from a team, and city, that has loved him and treated him like a king for years to a team that is worse??? You’re high if you do. He cares about winning and money. They are requirements for him. It is almost a lateral move for him to go from Washington to Philly. It makes no sense.
New York Yankees:
The Yankees are another team, like the Dodgers, that can afford Bryce Harper but have no use for him in the outfield. However, Scott Boras has said that Bryce can play at first base. The Yankees are severely lacking at first base. I think that this is a really smart move from both ends. This was Bryce’s favorite team growing up. The team probably could the World Series without him, but with him they definitely would. So we have pretty much checked all of his boxes. Not to mention that New York is a great city that seems to attract a lot of young athletes. The only reason why I am still hesitant about thinking this is where Bryce Harper will be is because I have also heard that the Yankees have lost traction. That is why this is not the team Bryce will be playing with next year.
This is the best option for Bryce Harper. Stick him in the outfield with Jason Heyward and either Albert Almora Jr. or Kyle Schwarber and they’d be set. The Cubs would play with the lineup but I think it makes the most sense. Also, the Cubs have won a World Series with this team already. So, it is proven that Bryce Harper can win there. That is a huge draw for him. Bryce Harper can also get paid there. They have no shortage of money in Chicago. All of those aside, you have to also look at the underlying facts in this for Bryce Harper. If he plays at the Cubs then he gets to play with his best friend in all of baseball. Kris Bryant. You don’t think that is the biggest draw of them all? He played with him as kids and now they have a chance to play together again with a chance to win the World Series, and get paid one of the largest contracts in baseball. It just all seems to make the most sense. Finally, to bring the whole thing around, the name of Bryce Harper’s dog is Wrigley. Tell me that isn’t a sign.
So, Bryce Harper will be a Chicago Cub next season.
As a friendly reminder, I am not the house baseball writer. The man I’m quick bating, however, is. So keep that in mind.
– Parmesan Don