Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Could Bryce Harper be a fit for the Red Sox?

Could Bryce Harper be a fit for the Red Sox?

A photo leaked on Thursday showing a scoreboard at the United Center in Chicago that read "Bryce Harper #34" with the White Sox logo.

It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself.

Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.

According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers tried to acquire Harper twice during the 2018 season. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante. The Nationals wanted to lock up their star, but Harper felt $30 million per year for the next decade wasn't enough money. Beltré turns 40 years old in April and has been slowed by injuries in the last two seasons, but he has thown that he can still hit and play defense capably. It may not have been.

It might not be today, but a recent story strongly suggested that when Bryce Harper does eventually sign a mega-deal this offseason, it will indeed be with Phillies. For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.

The Phillies caught fire to start the 2018 season, surging to 31-23 at the end of May, to a 2 1/2-game NL East lead in late July, and to a season-best 15 games above.500 on August 7. The six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP has 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 OPS during his six-year career in Washington.

Getting his deal off the books would not only allow the Yankees to sign Harper and play him every day at first base but would not break the bank should they pursue big-name pitchers to improve their greatest weakness, the starting rotation.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen.

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