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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) Login to Bookmark
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