Now that the World Series is over (Congratulations Boston Red Sox), the focus of the Major League Baseball analysts/fans is the rampant speculation as to where Bryce Harper will land next season.
In a recent post, Bovada has the Philadelphia Philly’s even in the odds race to secure Harper with the Cubs only +300 right behind, Nationals were +400, Giants +750, and Yankees +800 to round out the top five teams to land Harper. Now this speculation is nothing new, it’s been a rumor consistently throughout the league since the beginning of the 2018 season as Harper entered into the final year of his contract with the Nationals.
It picked up a lot of steam when the Nationals began a fire sale and started giving away their players for draft picks to kick start their rebuilding phase and Harper was rumored to be on the chopping block as he would net a good amount of draft picks to help the team rebuild.
But I think the best headline coming out of this whole speculation is when Harper’s agent when on The YES Network and made a joke that Harper had already decided where he was going and the deal was done but Harper wanted to tell everyone himself. It’s the best way to ask the endless questions as to where Harper is going that his agent gets on a daily basis.
I’m sure that Harper will make his decision closer to the beginning of the season and he’s either going to shock us all with his selection defying the odds/expectations or he’s going to sign a monster deal with the Nationals and see if he has the baseball talent/expertise and make the Nationals a winning baseball team again.
Until then let the #HarperWatch rumors rage on.