Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper Belongs in Red Pinstripes
The Philadelphia Phillies are the most intriguing team to watch over the next couple of years. Mainly, because it seems as if there’s an endless amount of possibilities. The Phils haven’t been to the playoffs since 2011 and with a big crop of free agent talent this winter, the time has come for Philly to see a winner hop onto the field. Bryce Harper wants a huge contract and deservedly so.
Harper is a 6-time All-Star and smacked 34 home runs this past season. It was the second-most home runs the 26-year-old has ever hit in a single season.
The outfielder also had the most RBIs he’s ever recorded in a season (100).
And that’s not all! Harper led the majors in walks with 130.
What makes Harper and the Phillies a good fit is the fact they both want more than what they have.
Bryce Harper is tired of being on a team that underachieves in the playoffs.
The Washington Nationals didn’t advance far enough in the playoffs during Harper’s time in D.C.
During Harper’s seven years in the United States capital, the Nats made it to the postseason four times. However, they never made it out of the NLDS.
The Phils want to be a winner again, but want to find ways to sustain success for the long haul.
Philly has created a ton of payroll flexibility over the past three years. It’s time to spend money on players that not only can build a World Series contender, but a team that could win multiple Fall Classics.
The Phillies have $68,933,333 in payroll which is the 19th highest in the majors.
The Phils could trade Odubel Herrara, Carlos Santana or some of their prospects to reel in pitching help.
Harper would have the benefit of being on a team that has plenty of upside and plenty of resources to give him support.
Harper should look no further than what NBA star LeBron James did in free agency this past offseason.
James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, a franchise that was limited regarding talent and would have a hard time attracting other free agents to join him in Cleveland.
James joined a Los Angeles Lakers team that had young talent and wanted to build a winner and stop missing the playoffs. LA had hard times when it came to attracting free agents, but with the franchise fixing its front office (Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss were fired. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka replaced them.)
Harper could join a Phillies team that has improved its front office over the past three years. (Ruben Amaro out as general manager, Matt Klentak in. Andy McPhail has a history of helping MLB franchises improve and create winners. He’s been the team president since 2015.)
Harper would not only be the lead bat in the Phils lineup, but he would probably have the ability to help shape the team. He would address manager Gabe Kapler and Klentak when it comes to addressing what the team might need in the future.
Bryce Harper and the Phillies could dominate the NL East for years to come and attract free agents to the “City of Brotherly Love.”
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