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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

 

 

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