WHY BRYCE HARPER SOON GETTING $400M IS A FUCKING MYTH!

By Terry Cushman – @cushmanmlb

 

Bryce Harper getting $400M+ in free agency after 2018 is a myth.  For that same amount of money a team could sign…

 

Yoenis Cespedes (4YR/$100M)

Rick Porcello  (4YR/$80M)

Edwin Encarnacion (4YR/$80M)

Aroldis Chapman  (5YR/$85M)

Mark Trumbo (4YR/$68)

 

All five players total:  $413M

 

So ask yourself this question:  Why hog tie yourself at $400M with one single player, when you could take that same money and build a dynasty?

 

Edwin Encarnacion ALL BY HIMSELF is generally a 30/100 guy (last year 42/127)…

 

So now ask yourself this question:  Is Bryce Harper worth $320M more than Encarnacion for ONLY an extra five home runs and 20 RBI’s on average per year?  Absolutely not!

 

Only three players (Stanton/Cabrera/Cano) have exceeded $250M since 2014.  None of their respective teams have even sniffed a World Series.  And furthermore, what do the Washington Nationals even have to show for Bryce Harper?

 

Let’s say for argument sake some team DOES give him a 10/$400M deal?  It’s would probably be a team looking to sell tickets and/or boost their marketability like the Angels or White Sox.  Both of whom have historically terrible front offices.

 

Only once in the history of the World Series has a team won it with a contract on its books exceeding  $175M.  That was the Yankees in 2009 w/ C.C. Sabathia & Alex Rodriguez.

 

We live in a different world now.  Elite pitchers will get the biggest contracts.  The days of 8-10 year mega deals on position players are a thing of the past.  So many great power hitters the last few years waited all the way until February of the off season, only to sign a much smaller deal than they ever expected to sign. Teams are more content to draft and develop elite talent at a far cheaper rate.

 

If Bryce Harper gets $400M, it will just get his G.M. fired.

 

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