For nationals, expectations are low with regard to the free agent Bryce Harper put on a & # 39; W & # 39; white curly on his cap next season. So low, in fact, that the owner of the Nationals, Mark Lerner, does not "expect [Harper] to return to this stage, "said Friday in Washington FM Fan 106.7.
By the end of September, Lerner would have offered Harper $ 300 million over 10 years, as part of an aggressive effort to keep Washington at 26 years old. Now, Lerner can imagine Scott Boras, Harper's chief agent at MLB, pulling the strings of a larger contract with another team.
"Well, when we met them and we made them the offer, we told them," It's the best we can do. "… if he chooses to go somewhere else, I totally understand him, but we make a hell of a deal over there … he's coming back [to negotiate with Washington]it is a strong possibility that we can not make it work. But I really do not expect him to come back at this point. I think that they decided to move on to something else. "
Mark Lerner on Bryce Harper: "I really do not expect him to come back at this point" pic.twitter.com/f2hIfL8X4v
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This is an unparalleled index for the Yankees and managing director Brian Cashman, who went left. Patrick Corbin, after the All-Star six times just before the Las Vegas Winter Meetings on Monday.
According to Andy Martino of SNYtv, New York is just one of twelve teams that will travel to Nevada to meet Harper. And there is a strong argument that a club that is not the Yankees would be a better choice for Harper's acrobatics in the field. Bronx bombers are full of extraterrestrial fields, especially after leaving the veteran Brett Gardner a one-year contract worth $ 7.5 million at the end of October. We can expect Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Gardner and maybe even a minor league Clint Frazier, be parked beyond the beaten earth in 2019. Where does that leave Harper?
"I think [Harper and Boras] have decided to move on, "said Lerner on 106.7, The Fan FM, in Washington. There is simply too much money that he would leave on the table. This is just not the will of Mr Boras to leave money on the table. "
Boras drew the attention of the Yankees when he announced the idea that Harper is moving towards the first goal. New York is also looking to inject a big name in its lineup to try to compete with the strong Boston team, according to Martino. Will this big step forward sign a Harper for a blockbuster? Suddenly, imagine a well-shaven Harper wearing fine stripes is not so hard to imagine.