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Should I be worried or excited about the Phillies signing Bryce Harper to a $400 million contract?

Discussion in 'MLB Baseball Forum' started by Omar 382, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Omar 382

    Omar 382 Well-Known Member

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    (...potentially signing Bryce Harper to a $400 million contract)

    I want to win as bad as anyone else. After beginning to watch the Phillies in '06, I was quickly treated to the high life and ultimately baseball vindication and ultimate triumph in 2008. Since then, I have had to experience various forms of seeming my team sucking ass, sucking balls, sucking dick, and (this last season was a new one) shitting the bed/choking in an epic fashion.

    Along the way with all that sucking, various horrendous contracts were given out like Percocets from Dr. Feelgood Hollywood. Off the top of my head:

    Ryan Howard: 5 years/$125 million
    45+ year old Jamie Moyer: 2 (!) years/$16 million
    Jonathan Papelbon: 4 years/$60 million

    Not to mention horrendously trading Cliff Lee to the Mariners in 2010 to "restock the farm system." If we had kept Lee, we may have had a shot at the 2010 WS.

    All this is to say that I have seen some bad decisions go down that have cost me significant happiness for 6+ years of my life.

    Of course, Matt Klentak and especially Gabe Kapler are no Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel. But I am still on the fence about Harper for two reasons: 1.) I don't know that he's talented enough to spend $400 million on, and 2.) I don't know that the Phillies are talented enough to win with just him in 2019 (I won't speculate on any further seasons).

    Since becoming a full time MLB player in 2012, Harper has had two monster years (2015 and 2017), though 2017 was limited due to injuries. He has had three pretty great seasons (2012, 2013, and 2018) and he's had two slightly above average seasons (2014 and 2016). Is that body of work justifiable to give him $400 dollars?

    Even assuming it is, are the Phillies good enough to compete with the addition of Harper (assuming no other big moves are made, which I actually doubt would be the case). If you sign Harper and Harper alone, I don't think he's enough to make us legitimate contenders in the National League; I don't even know if it makes us favorites in the NL East necessarily.

    But if you sign him, and decide to go all in, then we're talking signing Machado or trading for Trout, trading for Kimbrel, signing SP, etc. That's going to take a fuck-ton of money and prospects, so you better be sure that you splurge enough that you feel you have a very good chance to win the WS in 2019.

    What do you guys think?