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San Francisco Giants: Is Bryce Harper the $300 Million Man?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 29: Bryce Harper
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 29: Bryce Harper
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 20: Manager Dave Martinez #4 of the Washington Nationals holds back Bryce Harper #34 from umpire D.J. Rayburn after getting thrown out in the 12th inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 20: Manager Dave Martinez #4 of the Washington Nationals holds back Bryce Harper #34 from umpire D.J. Rayburn after getting thrown out in the 12th inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Third Question: What about Alex Rodriguez’s 10 year $275 Million extension at age 31?

Oh, brother. I was really hoping you wouldn’t bring that up.

This actually brings me to my thesis: Bryce Harper would rob any team that isn’t the New York Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez’s final contract with the Yankees has become the symbol of an old era of baseball — we saw that this past offseason. MLB teams showed an unprecedented reluctance to splurge on players like they once did.

Seeing the final years of A-Rod’s contract play out and many other too long, too expensive deals, and the emergence of advanced analytics as barometers for measuring players values, Harper’s desire to get a contract of that magnitude is a relic of a different era.

The San Francisco Giants are victims of this as well. Our recent history is littered with discarded cash burning on the side of the road. We still have lots of money tied up in expensive veterans for years to come.

Adding Bryce Harper to that list would likely hamstring them down the line. I think the years of the San Francisco Giants paying over $15 million annually to players over 30 might be behind them.

So Harper and Boras are gonna have to mosey along and look for another team to fleece. Maybe the Rangers? The Rangers still seem pretty dumb. Good luck, Rangers!

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Maybe they’ll even pay him in cash and under the table. Seems like a real Rangers move. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the “Rangers ink Harper to 10 year $252 Million Deal.”  Sorry, I’m just poking fun at the Rangers because it’s easy. Thanks for the 2010 World Series!

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