Hello baseball fans!
Before I get into it, let’s discuss some highlights of this Major League Baseball offseason. Manny Machado signed an enormous (in all terms of the word) deal with the San Diego Padres—a 10-year $300 million deal, to be exact. After that, Nolan Arenado signed an eight-year extension with the Colorado Rockies worth $260 million. To round out the series of recent, incredibly large signings, perhaps the most long-awaited occurred today while I was walking out of class.
Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies (Tah-dah!)
Bryce Harper’s deal with the Philadelphia Phillies includes a no-trade clause, league sources tell ESPN. Combine that with the 13-year, $330 million term, and this much is clear: Bryce Harper is committed to being a Philadelphia Phillie for the rest of his career.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019
It’s important to note the Phillies have been sitting on quite a sum of money for a while now. In fact, to give credit to my brother Kyle, he predicted they would scoop Harper in the middle of last season. It made sense; Harper was going to be a free agent, and the Phillies had the money to throw his way. Even though I was aware of my brother’s sophisticated prediction, it’s still hard for me to imagine Harper wearing a uniform different than Washington’s. It’s definitely something I’ll get used to, considering he could be wearing a Phillies uniform for the next thirteen years to come.
The young slugger from Las Vegas has been dominating the National League East since 2012 when he came into the league at just 19-years-old. Since winning Rookie of the Year in his debut season, Harper has appeared in six All-Star games, won a Home Run Derby, received a Silver Slugger, and earned an MVP. Not a bad resumé for a player who is only 26-years-old and still going strong.
I can’t believe I’m saying it, but the Phillies are going to be a force this season (a phrase no one’s said in a while.) Along with Harper, Philadelphia has also gained J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, and Jean Segura. All four of these players have something to bring to the Phillies lineup that’s going to make them a team to be reckoned with. I, as a fan of the MLB, am excited to see the team rise from the ashes and turn their previous 80-82 season into something special.