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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 | 0 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

The Problem With Bryce Harper’s Defense - The Ringer

Harper has great talent. To this point, except for one fantastic season, he hasn’t been a great player. Not coincidentally he’s had some injury issues. If I’m a front office guy I know I’m probably going to eat some mediocre/bad years at the end of a 10+ year, $300+ million contract. What I need to do the deal is some certainty I’m going to get a bunch of MVP quality years at the front end of the deal. I can’t see how any team has that with Harper.

I’d be a hard pass on such a contract. Don’t get me wrong, his upside would have me interested but (and it’s a big but) only at a much, much shorter deal and at a more cost-friendly rate.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

The Income Tax Implications of Bryce Harper’s Choice of Next Team | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

That said, it is worth noting that the difference in local income taxes to be paid by Harper next year would vary widely depending on which team he chooses. And when I say “widely”, I’m talking a difference of millions. Mo’ money, mo’ taxes. Nice problem to have, amirite?

What follows is my attempt to quantify just what this difference might be, by team. Before diving in, two points.

The first point is to dispel any lingering notion that, if Bryce Harper were to choose the Texas Rangers or Seattle Mariners or Miami Marlins—come on now, stop laughing and pay attention, this is kind of important—or any other team in a no-income tax state, he would not have to pay any state income tax at all. That’s not true. In every place that levies income tax in which his team plays games, a ballplayer on a big league roster is responsible for paying them. Regardless of whether he plays 81 games at home as, for example, a member of the Astros in Houston, located in a state with no income tax, when the Astros play their 19 road games in California (top income tax rate: 13.3%), he would owe the Golden State tax on (19÷162 =) 11.7% of whatever his total salary for the year is. Same goes for all the other games in all the other taxing places his team plays in. So no matter what team Bryce Harper plays for, he’ll be paying a boatload in state income taxes to a bunch of states.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency

Friday, November 23, 2018

Bryce Harper’s value and other baseball debates worth having over Thanksgiving dinner

Too late for Thanksgiving, I admit, but still better for tomorrow than joining the Black Friday mobs…

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, bullpenning, hall of fame, hot stove, manny machado

Sunday, November 18, 2018

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies ‘Expecting to Spend Money’ in Pursuit of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

First task of the Phillies negotiators: making sure that Harper and Machado have no knowledge whatsoever about the nature of Phillies fans.

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, phillies, trade rumors

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Report: Nationals Ownership Rejected Bryce Harper Trade to Astros

The Houston Astros reportedly had a deal in place for the Nationals’ Bryce Harper at the non-waiver deadline in July but Washington ownership nixed the deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Nationals would have received right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, the Astros’ No. 8 prospect according to MLB.com, and two other minor leaguers, in exchange for Harper. Catcher Garrett Stubbs, the team’s No. 15 prospect, was also reportedly in play, along with another, low-level, minor-league pitcher as well, per Rosenthal.

The Astros’ offer would have benefitted Washington significantly more than the late-round compensatory pick it will receive in the 2019 draft, assuming Harper turns down the team’s qualifying offer on Monday and signs with another club.

So, who do you suppose ultimately regrets this decision the most?

 

QLE Posted: November 11, 2018 at 06:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bryce harper, deadline trades, ownership

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Bryce Harper free agency focus at GM Meetings

Huge ten-year contracts pretty much suck. Pass.

While that contract would be the largest for a free agent, it would not surpass Giancarlo Stanton’s record-breaking 13-year, $325 million deal from 2014, nor would it surpass Zack Greinke’s $34.42 million for the highest average annual value. Harper has confirmed he is seeking a long-term deal, but accepting a contract with no opt-outs would lock Harper up for the entirety of his prime without giving him the chance to earn more money should player contract values continue to rise with increasing revenues throughout the sport.

If Harper and his camp are seeking a record-breaking deal of as much as $400 million, getting such a lucrative offer from Washington before any other bidders were allowed to enter the picture must be encouraging. Now, they are expecting teams such as the Cardinals, Giants, Phillies and White Sox to get involved, although Boras would not rule out the Cubs and Yankees, who have reportedly denied interest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 05:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Here’s why the Cardinals need Bryce Harper

Is Harper really better than Stanton?

9. They were just willing to do this with Stanton
The Cardinals, by all accounts, were willing to take on Stanton’s entire contract last offseason. Stanton is signed through 2027 for a total of $270 million, nearly $33 million a year (when you account for a $10 million buyout in ‘28). Stanton is (obviously) a great player. But is he better than Harper? Probably not, right? And then remember that Harper is two years younger. Harper might get more than $33 million, and it might be for longer than ‘27. But that’s still a better bet than Stanton, right? If they were willing to take Stanton, why in the world would they not go all the way for Harper?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 09:51 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Sources: Nationals made Bryce Harper ‘aggressive offer’ last month, did not reach agreement

This sounds like a PR leak.

According to multiple people familiar with the negotiations, the Nationals discussed terms for a new deal with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, throughout September. Those conversations led to what one person called “an aggressive offer.” That offer included no opt-outs, and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper could receive, according to a person with direct knowledge who would not disclose the exact terms.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Undeterred by last winter’s free-agent freeze, Scott Boras is even more himself – The Athletic

Yesterday I listened to the interview with Boras shill Casey Stern (which you can listen to On Demand on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM). Although his hyperbolic shtick can be amusing in short doses, it wears thin in a half-hour interview. 

Anyway, Boras rehashed a lot of the interview with reporters, including Dave O’Brien here.

“We have all kinds of evidence that anybody who’s done what Bryce Harper has done (at his age) — they’re Hall of Famers,” Boras said. “I can show it 12 different ways. So you have a chance to employ a 25-year-old future Hall of Famer; you (rarely) get that opportunity. And the other thing is, Bryce has iconic value, which creates revenues for teams in addition to his performance. Those types of players are rare and they pay for themselves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, pay site, scott boras

Monday, November 05, 2018

Why the Cardinals and Giants could enter the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes

You know the deal: Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, because he’s still just 26 years of age and has MVP upside, is likely going to wind up signing the largest contract in MLB history this offseason. His left-handed power and patience at the plate—plus the possibility that he’s pre-prime—mean he’s of interest to almost any team that thinks it can afford him. As for specifics, you can reportedly add the names of two traditional National League powers to his list of likely suitors.

First, there are the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s what Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

The team and chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., according to one industry source, are “sending signals they are out to be a player.” The Cardinals intend to explore Harper’s market and see how they fit, sources confirmed.

Granted, if recent history means anything, the Giants ending up with Harper will not lead to the results either one had in mind….

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, free agency, giants

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bryce Harper’s Future in the League

“Whichever team that Harper signs with will instantly become a contender.”

Hank Gillette Posted: October 18, 2018 at 04:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, washington nationals

Friday, October 12, 2018

BenFred: Harper would make the Cardinals must-see TV

Bryce Harper sure loves his shows.

It turns out he spends his off nights like Cardinals fans during the past three postseasons — on the couch, clicker in hand, trying to dodge the sting of watching other teams’ champagne celebrations.

A recent Washington Post column named the TV series the Nationals star is into these days. “Suits,” “Yellowstone” and even some old-school “Gray’s Anatomy.”

So, how would you react if Harper became a Cardinal?

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 03:43 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Friday, September 21, 2018

Simon - Why Does Bryce Harper Have -25 Defensive Runs Saved?

Sounded some warnings about Bryce Harper’s defense in April. Here’s a revisit as the season nears an end. He’s at -25 Defensive Runs Saved, among the worst totals in MLB this season.


Jordan @metsfansince02
Do you think a move to first base next season is possible? I heard he was taking a lot of grounders there this year.

Mark Simon @MarkASimonSays
I think the money is in the outfield. The move to 1B comes later.

Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, defensive metrics, nationals

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Umpire Laz Diaz Picks A Fight With Bryce Harper Out Of Sheer Ego

This was dumb. The article has video.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2018 at 01:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, umpshow

Braves organist continues trolling Bryce Harper over impending free agency

Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski is famous for having fun at the expense of opposing players through is his walkup song selections.

Friday night was no different as the veteran jazz musician and ballpark entertainer continued picking on one of his favorite targets — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

The source of Kaminski’s motivation this season has been Harper’s impending free agency. The six-time All-Star will enter the open market following his age 25 season, and will almost certainly command record money. One of the questions going into the winter is whether the Nationals will meet the price. If so, then the question becomes will Harper choose to stay.

In a world of canned music and po-faced solemnity, there’s always something to be said for someone who not only is keeping the art of live music alive, but is actually using it in a stimulating manner.

QLE Posted: September 15, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: at war with an organist, bryce harper, free agency, matthew kaminski

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bryce Harper, Matt Adams Reportedly Claimed On Revocable Trade Waivers

Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed by unidentified organizations on revocable trade waivers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). They join fellow left-handed hitting Nats veteran Daniel Murphy as pending free agents who were not able to make it through the waiver wire.

It’s hard to see Harper actually leaving, and hard to see Daniel Murphy actually staying.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bryce Harper not being traded by Nationals, says GM Mike Rizzo - The Washington Post

And therein lies another awkward part of all this, that while the Nationals did not want anyone to know they would be listening on Harper, they cannot deny it now. Harper will know they considered offers that would have sent him elsewhere. He is an already talked-about presence in a much talked-about clubhouse with a vastly underachieving team, a combination that could prove volatile. Whatever they do by 4 p.m. Eastern, the Nationals will be 5 1/2 games back in the National League East when they begin play with the New York Mets this evening, a surmountable deficit they could still eclipse. Apparently, they will try to do so with him, and Rizzo will do his best to suggest this team wanted to do it with Harper all along.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Bryce Harper trade rumors

It’s tough being in the middle.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Nationals must think about the unthinkable: Trading Bryce Harper

So, then, for the first time in seven summers, we face the serious question: With the nonwaiver trade deadline coming up Tuesday, should the Nationals sell?

You can’t ask that inevitable question before the next one roars up like a freight train: Should they try to trade — gulp — Bryce Harper?

Hank Gillette Posted: July 27, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dreams, trades

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