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Harper and Trout could be free agents the same year, so they might team up and go somewhere together.
He grew up—is growing up?—a Yankees fan
He grew up—is growing up?—a Yankees fan
When I grew up, the very definition of inevitable was "death and taxes".
I guess I need to add to that catchphrase, "and if you are a bright and shining MLB star, eventually becomming a Yankee".
For those of us who are Yankee non-fans (never a hater be) we cringe when we read missives like the above.
Just the other day, the 19-year-old got caught on Twitter rooting for the Yankees.
the kid sure looks miserable playing for this pathetic franchise that will never win anything in the history of forever.
No, he wears 34 because it's half of Carlton Fisk's 72 and he's bad at math.
Interesting. He thinks of Fisk as a White Sox rather than a Red Sox.
I've already informed my baseballing boy (and the rest of the family) that if he happened to make it to the big leagues and signed with the Yankees, I wouldn't root for them.
Bryce Harper, future Yankee?
What are the odds of Bryce Harper signing a contract worth $100MM during his lifetime?
I thought the Mariners would be analogous to the Nats, when they had Johnson, Griffey, and ARod. One difference was that Griffey came up a good five years before ARod, and Johnson, while more along the lines of Griffey's timeline, was not "Randy Johnson" until 1993. There's some staggering of the three HOFers.
I think Mason Williams should lead off, Harper can bat 3rd and then I guess you put Gary Sanchez in the cleanup spot and Tyler Austin 5th. Maybe Angelo Gumbs in the 2 hole.
Yea, but who's gonna tell Jeter that he's batting 6th?
This article is indeed a weeeeee bit early, but it does raise the question: How fast do the Nats try to get something done with Strasberg and Harper to buy out arbitration years and maybe a year or two of free agency (think Longoria, Pedroia, etc.)? There is lots of risk in doing this, in the case of injuries, etc. - but the potential salary potential of these two guys has to be as high as any duo - on the same team, on roughly the same timetable for arb and FA - as any tandem in history.
Note: I thought the Mariners would be analogous to the Nats, when they had Johnson, Griffey, and ARod. One difference was that Griffey came up a good five years before ARod, and Johnson, while more along the lines of Griffey's timeline, was not "Randy Johnson" until 1993. There's some staggering of the three HOFers.
They got lucky on Griffey though
Age WAR19-29 67.930-40 11.3
By 2018, it's entirely possible Harper will have fallen in love with D.C. (and vice versa)
and decide that he might want to be to the Nats what Mike Schmidt was to the Phillies
and decide that he might want to be to the Nats what Cal Ripken [was] to the Orioles.
Cautionary tale for those who would offer Harper a 20 year contract:
This article is indeed a weeeeee bit early, but it does raise the question: How fast do the Nats try to get something done with Strasberg and Harper to buy out arbitration years and maybe a year or two of free agency (think Longoria, Pedroia, etc.)?
Harper has a 10 million dollar contract with the Nationals already and that contract will end with two years left on his arb clock. The contract extension would have to be pretty large to induce Harper to sell out his FA years.
BTW with 506 tickets left and 2.5 hours before the Nats-Yanks game time, the cheapest StubHub ticket is now down to $46.00. This is when I wish I had a smartphone.
Isn't it Boras's policy to always advise his clients to get year to year deals through their first six years and then test free agency?
This should be an outstanding series..I would settle for two out of three. Still trying to get used to looking at the top of the standings instead of the bottom (38-23!). It will be a madhouse on South Capitol.
I'm wondering how many Yankees fans are going to be there. Even when they tried to keep the Phillies fans out, there was still a huge percentage there. They didn't try to keep Yankees fans out
Yes but ARod got a 2.3 million dollar contract as a draftee compared to Harper's 10+ million dollar contract. He then signed his almost 11 million dollar contract extension after that contract ran out. Bryce already has the 10 million dollar contract out of the way.
The Yankees will no longer have the contracts of Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter or Mark Teixeira. There will likely be new big names with big deals that take their place,
Judging that is easily done, he has to have a good game face and fire in his eyes, and most importantly, he must never have been snippy at a reporter.
Did Boston writers make a similar prophecy for Babe Ruth in early 1920, when the Yankees were poor cousins to their Polo Grounds landlords, the Giants?
Plenty of Boston writers and plenty of other writers were parroting the Frazee line at the time.
Red Sox sell Babe Ruth for $100,000 cash
Owner calls one-man team a failure; Ruth says he’ll only play in Boston
By James C. O’Leary | [BOSTON] GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 06, 1920 ···
Ruth was very popular in Boston, and for sentimental reasons the fans may first be inclined to regard his transfer to the Yankees with disfavor, but if they withhold judgment until they have thoroughly sized up the affair, the chances are that they will agree with Pres Frazee and others that the sale of “Babe” will, eventually, redound to the welfare of the Boston club.
“Cy” Young, Tris Speaker and other stars were let go and the Red Sox still won championships. Ruth and others came along and helped them to win, and it may reasonably be expected that the club will again do without Ruth what it did without Young, Speaker and the others.
Considering what the club received for its right to him; the risk of carrying such a valuable player, and all the other circumstances, it is hard to see how Frazee could have turned down New York’s offer for the star, and it looks as if he had made a good bargain.
If “Babe” should hold up for a couple of years, the Yankees will undoubtedly get their money back and much more, but if, for instance, he should be injured while at the training camp next Spring, he would prove a costly buy for them. His weak knee makes him susceptible to injury and no insurance can be bought against a ball player being hurt on the field.
With the money the club has received, it should be able to buy three or four great players and go into the race next season with a much stronger team than it would have if Ruth were retained, and no new talent was secured.
Only if they think he can handle NY. Judging that is easily done, he has to have a good game face and fire in his eyes, and most importantly, he must never have been snippy at a reporter.
Bullet Joe Bush—December 1921. Pitched in two pennant seasons for the Yankees. Traded for Rip Collins (pitcher), Roger Peckinpaugh, Bill Piercy, Jack Quinn.
Joe Dugan—July 1922. Played for five Yankee pennant teams. Traded for Chick Fewster, Elmer Miller, Johnny Mitchell, Lefty O'Doul.
Waite Hoyt—December 1920. Traded (with Harry Harper, Wally Schang, and Mike McNally) for Del Pratt, Muddy Ruel, Hank Thormahlen, and Sammy Vick. Hoyt pitched for the Yankees in ten seasons, and was in seven World Series (including the 1931 Series, with the Philadelphia A’s).
Sad Sam Jones—December 1921. Traded with Joe Bush (q. v.). Pitched five seasons with Yankees.
Carl Mays—July 1919. Traded to Yankees for players Bob McGraw and Allan Russell. Became persona non grata after killing Ray Chapman with a beanball in a game in 1920, although absolved of criminal blame.
Herb Pennock—January 1923. Traded to Yankees for Camp Skinner, Norm McMillan, and George Murray. Pennock stayed with the Yankees until 1933, pitching in five Series.
George Pipgras—January 1923. Traded to the Yankees for Al DeVormer (supra). Pipgras never played for Boston; his eleven-year career included three Yankee pennant seasons.
Wally Schang—December 1920. Traded to the Yankees for Pratt, Ruel, Thormahlen, and Vick. Caught for three Yankee pennant teams.
Everett Scott—traded along with Joe Bush (q.v.). Scott set consecutive-game playing record it took Lou Gehrig to break.
Maybe Angelo Gumbs in the 2 hole.
I'd say "That's a clown question, bro," if there were a question in there. :)
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