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Bryce Harper Newsbeat

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are almost over

Another day, another favorite in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

It’s not a completely new team this time around, but former baseball executive and current analyst Jim Bowden feels pretty confident in the Philadelphia Phillies landing the services of the star outfielder.

“I keep hearing there’s a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies,” Bowden shared on CBS Sports HQ. “And he could be rounding third and heading home shortly.”

Unfortunately, Bryce Harper broke down in the stretch, and had to be put down on the track.

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, jim bowden

Monday, February 11, 2019

Opinion: Giants serious about Bryce Harper as late entrants into free-agent frenzy

The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been the favorites to land free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper all winter, suddenly have serious competition in the San Francisco Giants.

One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.

The Giants indeed plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal, but have no desire to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.

RUMORS! Get your red-hot rumors here! RUMORS!

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, hot stove

Saturday, February 09, 2019

We Put Bryce Harper And Manny Machado On A Bunch Of Different Teams

We are now less than a week away from almost all pitchers and catchers reporting, and the two biggest free agents on the market — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — have yet to sign. The rumor mill around them continues to swirl, but we’re tired of not knowing for sure where these two will play this year. So we thought we’d take matters into our own hands, instead of simply waiting around for the latest hot-stove updates.

To that end, we called on our friends at Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), a strategic simulation game that allows players to put on their general manager hats and run their own teams. We asked them to simulate out the careers of Harper and Machado a bunch of times under scenarios where they sign with a bunch of different teams. Think of it as the multiverse of MLB possibilities that still could play out, depending on where these two superstars end up signing.

The topic that has dominated the hot-stove season, as fed through a computer program.

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, ootp

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Why Bryce Harper makes sense for the Giants – The Athletic

Concern #3: Harper is too expensive

This was a big part of my last article on him, so I won’t rehash it too much. But paying Harper something like $30 million a year is a team making a conscious gamble that he’ll be better than two veteran free agents asking for $15 million in the future. When you see what $15 million buys you on the open market — usually some dude in his 30s or close to it — it’s not a bad gamble.

Besides, while the Giants are absolutely hosed with that Posey-Belt-Crawford-Cueto-Samardzija money for the next two to three seasons, everything frees up sooner than you think. Evan Longoria is the only current Giants player with a contract after 2021, which means that while Harper would be a tight squeeze at first, he would still be under 30 when the Giants are ready to spend again.

And they would probably be ready to spend wildly at that point. The good news is that they would already have a youngish slugger already in place.

I’m not sure if any of the Giants’ projected starting outfielders would make the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, which seems like a problem. Here, then, is an outfielder, one of the best. He’s young, on a Hall of Fame trajectory, and available for nothing more than a Scott Boras-negotiated amount of clams. I’m not saying it’s a move without risk. I’m not saying it’s as easy as going down to the Bryce Harper Store and filling up a basket.

What I’m saying is that it makes sense. A whole bunch of sense. Because when you have a chance to get a player this good, this young, you have to at least explore the idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, pay site

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Source: Bryce Harper, Giants met this week in MLB free agency visit | NBCS Bay Area

The Giants would be a great fit.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2019 at 02:23 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants

Aaron Judge would switch positions for Harper, but should he?

Spring training is right around the corner and Bryce Harper still doesn’t have a team to play for. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is hoping his pitch to Harper works.

The New York Yankees have yet to make that splash free agency signing that fans are accustomed to around this time of year. It’s looking less and less likely that they’ll sign Manny Machado even though the third baseman is holding out hope that the Yankees get back into the race.

Just because they won’t be signing Machado doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t sign free agent outfielder Bryce Harper. Just imagine the kind of lineup the Yankees could put together by adding a player like Harper.

Is there a reason why they couldn’t trade positions every inning, just to keep the opposition on their toes?

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, yankees

Friday, February 01, 2019

Padres Meet With Bryce Harper

At what point in this will people start to be thrown into the Spanish Announcers’ Table?

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, padres

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A video game tweeted, and people are going crazy about a potential Bryce Harper decision

Bryce Harper’s free-agent decision is one of the most anticipated things in baseball right now, perhaps the most anticipated thing (that is, if you’re not a Manny Machado fan).

It seems like both the Harper and Machado sweepstakes have no end in sight, but folks are freaking out that Tuesday might bring an end to one of the derbies.

MLB The Show, the popular baseball video game, sent out a vague tweet featuring Harper, who’s on the cover of this year’s edition of the game, teasing some kind of announcement and instructing the masses to “get hyped.”

What will happen if I refuse to get hyped about this subject?

QLE Posted: January 29, 2019 at 05:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, video games

Friday, January 18, 2019

If the Phillies Sign Bryce Harper, It Won’t Preclude Them From Trying to Eventually Lure Mike Trout

The Phillies may have “stupid money” to spend on this free agent market, as owner John Middleton put it, but it won’t be so stupid as to close the door on potentially signing Mike Trout after the 2020 season.

Philadelphia began this offseason keeping Trout in mind. According to a baseball source with direct knowledge of their shopping plans, the Phillies have enough spending money to sign both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but would like to sign just one of them to leave room in the budget in case Trout reaches free agency in two years. In one dream scenario, the Phillies would field an all-MVP outfield in 2021: Trout, Harper and Andrew McCutchen.

Trout grew up and still lives in Millville, N.J., about 45 miles from Philadelphia. He has two years remaining on the extension he signed with the Angels, a contract that values what would have been free agents years for Trout at $34 million a year. Machado and Harper could sign contracts with an average annual value near that number. Trout, the best player in baseball, would command an even higher number as a potential free agent at age 29.

Tom Verducci would also like to remind you that fire is hot and water is wet.

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mike trout, phillies

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Phillies are very much in on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado but won’t sign both

The Philadelphia Phillies remain the most fascinating team in the sweepstakes for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado because they’ve said they’re going to spend “stupid money” this offseason and, as far as we know, are in on both Machado and Harper.

But now there’s this: They’re making it clear they won’t sign Machado and Harper.

Which, of course, increases the odds that they will make the wrong choice, being the Phillies and all….

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, phillies, rumors

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Frontrunners To Sign Bryce Harper

With a little more than a month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the two biggest free agents of this offseason still have yet to sign deals.

The Phillies and White Sox are the Manny Machado frontrunners, while Harper met with the Phillies brass in his hometown of Las Vegas this weekend, and could command a contract worth $300 million.

There are still plenty of quality free agents to be signed, but the freeze on the Hot Stove probably won’t thaw until Harper and Machado have inked deals.

Well, the Phillies might have found their new Ryan Howard- the question is, where do they find their new Chase Utley?

QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies, rumors

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado mystery teams

This.

1. Giants
Things have been entirely too quiet around the Giants. Some of it is new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi putting together a front office staff and assessing his needs. Since he has not traded away Madison Bumgarner, his most valuable asset, that could be a tipoff that the Giants aren’t diving into any kind of rebuild. What they need more than anything is an impact offensive player or two, preferably an outfielder. Signing Harper would insert the Giants back into the postseason conversation and also give the franchise a foundational piece to build on for the next decade or so.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 10:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, manny machado

Monday, January 07, 2019

A creative way to construct Bryce Harper, Manny Machado mega-deals

Joel Sherman has some ideas on how Harper and Machado could maximize their contract hauls.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Deadspin: It’s Time For Some Bryce Harper Game Theory

Is the news of a meeting with the Nationals evidence that the Nationals are still interested in Harper? Or is it evidence that they are trying to make his price higher for the Phillies?


Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Rumors swirl but Bryce Harper’s market remains far blurrier than Manny Machado’s - The Washington Post

Five hours?

According to a person with direct knowledge of Harper’s process, the 26-year-old and his agent, Scott Boras, met with Nationals owner Ted Lerner for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas. Asked to confirm that this meeting happened, multiple people with the club refused to do so, a departure from their relative openness about their status with Harper this winter. On the record and off it, club officials have been willing to discuss the Harper situation because it seemed relatively uncomplicated until now: They made their offer. They put forth a legitimate effort to sign him. And he didn’t take it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 03:27 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dodgers to trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds

We heard rumors of a deal like this brewing in the past several days, but now it’s happening: the Los Angels Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds. Jeff Passan of Yahoo was the first to report the deal was going down.

As previously rumored, Homer Bailey is going to the Los Angeles Dodgers as a means of offsetting some salary. The Dodgers will reportedly release Bailey once the deal is done, and will be getting prospects Jeter Downs, Josiah Gray and some international bonus pool money. They will send around $7 million in cash to the Reds.

What does one do with such money and such space? One suspects that one makes a run a Bryce Harper, who now would look really, really good in right field in Dodger Stadium.

 


Friday, December 14, 2018

White Sox don’t see Harper-type free agent on starting-pitcher market

LAS VEGAS — The White Sox seem to have a very specific set of circumstances when it comes to going after big-name free agents this winter.

Rick Hahn has explained over and over again that a player has to fit in with the team’s long-term plans, and he’s discussed taking advantage of opportunities to add premium talent to his ongoing rebuilding effort.

And the obvious guys that fall into that category are Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two biggest names on the free-agent market, two 26-year-old superstars who are expected to receive some of the biggest contracts in baseball history and change whichever franchise they sign up with.

Well, yeah- we call those folk, when they are involved in pitching, “relievers”.....

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, pitchers, white sox

Winter Meetings Recap: Bryce Harper Lays Low, MLB Can’t Promote and the Rays Make a Splash

LAS VEGAS — It was only two years ago that people immediately declared the White Sox the “winners” of the winter meetings because they acquired prospects with heavy buzz, including Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Moncado is a .234 hitter who has fanned in 34 percent of his plate appearances, Kopech blew out his elbow, Giolito posted a 6.13 ERA this year, Lopez has a 4.21 ERA in 51 career games, and the White Sox have lost 195 games and 130,000 paid customers in the two seasons since.

Nobody’s giving up on them, but maybe we should give up on the whole “winners and losers” thing as instant judgment of the winter meetings. This time, as baseball is leaving Las Vegas after yet another hum-drum winter meetings, let’s try this: here’s what we learned from these meetings:

A summary account of do-tos involving the Winter Meetings, with quite a bit to debate and ponder.


Thursday, December 13, 2018


Bryce Harper: Sweepstakes reach fever pitch in Las Vegas

Boras being Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 11:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, scott boras

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bryce Harper Does Not Renew Lease at Arlington Condo

Of course, if he signs back with the Nationals, he will be able to afford to buy a much nicer place.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 11:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, nationals

Monday, December 10, 2018

Scott Boras didn’t like what he heard from Mark Lerner about Bryce Harper

But Boras has raised concerns with the Nationals about Lerner’s comments violating a more specific rule, one etched in the latest collective bargaining agreement. Attachment 49 states that clubs, players or player representatives may not “disclose to the media the substance of contract discussions between a player and a Club, (including but not limited to the facts of offers, the substance of offers, or decisions not to make offers or to withdraw offers) until after terms on the contract have been confirmed by the Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association.” As Boras sees it, Lerner violated that provision when he said in a radio interview on 106.7 the Fan that the Nationals did “the best we could do” by offering Harper $300 million over 10 years in September.

But the agreement provides some leeway. A team, representative or player may “respond to a media inquiry” about an offer — i.e., verify its existence if asked directly, verify its terms if asked directly, confirm or deny discussions between a team and player, and so on. It also states that the interviewee may not follow up on those answers with additional information.

The Nationals do not believe Lerner’s comments violate any of those rules. Indeed, Lerner did not volunteer the terms of an offer but explained the context in which the Nationals made theirs — and why he thinks they cannot do better.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 07:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, scott boras

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The Nationals Don’t Need Bryce Harper

The best thing to happen to the Washington Nationals this offseason might be Bryce Harper turning down the $300 million contract offered by the club at the end of the season. Rather than allocating vast resources to one free agent superstar, the Nationals made smaller moves to shore up their weak spots, signing starting pitcher Patrick Corbin on Tuesday to bolster their rotation and adding two catchers earlier in the offseason.

It wasn’t clear if the Nationals would be able to compete without Harper. But according to some forecasts, they are already better without him. They have improved themselves in a National League East where every team — save for the Miami Marlins — seems intent on trying to dramatically improve this offseason.

After the Nationals finished 82-80 last season, FanGraphs projects them as the sixth-best team in the majors at the moment — the best team in the division — with a 91-71 forecasted record. While it’s unclear whether the Nationals still want to compete for Harper, they don’t need him to improve over last season.

I must admit that this analysis has me torn- on the one hand, I’m inclined to regard Harper as highly overrated, but, on the other, I can’t say that I buy these claims. What say the rest of you?

QLE Posted: December 06, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contrarians on parade, nationals, patrick corbin

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Report: Bryce Harper Met with Magic Johnson, Dodgers; Up to 12 Teams Interested

If free agent Bryce Harper is the jackpot of Major League Baseball’s offseason, it is only appropriate the race to sign him has reportedly already taken a number of teams to his hometown of Las Vegas.

According to Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, “upward of a dozen teams” have either met with Harper in Sin City or plan on meeting with him in the coming days with the league’s winter meetings slated to start Sunday.

Magic Johnson, who owns a stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers, accompanied other team officials with the defending National League champions. What’s more, members of the front offices for the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals have also either met with him or are expected to soon.

After meeting with Bryce, they plan to lose a fortune at the roulette wheel.

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, magic johnson

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tangotiger Blog: Stacast Lab: The Good, The Bad, and The Relevant of Outfield Fielding

Tangotiger looks at Harper’s defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 09:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

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