The Bryce Harper saga finally comes to an end, and the San Francisco Giants are on the outside looking in at the Phillies and their fans celebrate a massive get in free agency.
Bryce Harper and The Bachelor have a lot in common. There was a ton of dumb drama, smoke signals, and watching someone end up choosing the person you thought it would be all along yet in hindsight it happened in the most surprising way possible. They also have never given the San Francisco Giants the final rose.
sentenced himself to baseball purgatory
signed with the Philadelphia Phillies today for 13 years and $330 million dollars. It’s the most expensive contract in baseball history, and at 13 freaking years, certainly one of the longest.
This all came days after a select amount of Phillies fans, and radio jocks in the Philadelphia P.A. acted like whiny children for not getting the most expensive toy that they asked for. In the end, mom and dad were hiding that toy for them and saving it for last.
Obviously San Francisco Giants fans will be upset. In the 2014 offseason it was Jon Lester, in the 2015 offseason it was Zack Greinke, last season it was both Stanton and Ohtani, and now it’s Bryce Harper. Five times, someone in Giants media has had to make the “didn’t get a rose joke” in the last five off-seasons. It feels so common now that it feels like a headline you might see on The Onion when certain things keep on repeating themselves.
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But I think even now, most with most San Francisco Giants fans seeing the deal come down to not the AAV, or something that seems reasonable for their multi-billion dollar ownership group, but to the absurd amount of years they’d be paying Bryce Harper gobs of money, they might understand why the Giants didn’t get him.
It was already borderline unreasonable for the Giants to go after Bryce Harper. They’re financially hamstrung with large contracts for players who aren’t that good, or are significantly aging. They’re old, period. And are in dire need of young life breathed into their system.
Bryce would’ve done enough for those last two parts, and being a transcendent figure in baseball, at the ripe age of 26, it was certainly worth it to explore his asking price, and the amount of years they had on the table, which according to multiple reports was 10.
10 YEARS! But to pay Bryce Harper $25 million dollars a year until he’s 39 was absolutely ridiculous considering the career lifespan and arc for most elite players ends at 35 or 36. $75 million dollars for his most useless years of his career is crazy, and I think the Giants were 100% jumping off that crazy train. Because when the Phillies said “stupid money” they literally meant stupid.
Giants fans might be upset now, but when Bryce Harper hit’s 34 and is a league average player, with $100 million dollars left to pay out, they’ll be happy that he’s not on their ledger. They may have created their own Bryce Harper by then.
By the way…thank God it wasn’t the Dodgers.