Turns out, the Padres actually met with Harper last Thursday, and have even expressed interest in meeting with Manny Machado as well at some point, showing they too mean business when it comes to making a giant leap to serious contender during the 2019 season.
"Wherever he wants to play, wherever he wants to play - we'll make it work", Judge said. Harper calls Las Vegas his home and in this part of the country, where deserts and mountains are plentiful, the whispers of him actualizing his dream to play in NY could come true.
As Bryce Harper's free agency trudges along, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was asked about what it might take to bring the left-handed hitter - who plays the same position as Judge - to the Bronx. "From what I understand, the Phillies have the most money to spend". With the 26-year-old still seeking a contract that's to his liking, the number of teams with a real chance to sign the star player might have tripled. "But I think it's safe to assume that we're going to spring training with the team that we expect to have", reports ESPN. Despite being that, he hasn't signed over the past several months since the end of the World Series in October.More news: Gay, Langley take early lead at Pebble Beach Pro
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Even with Harper's market not playing out the way most people assumed it would, thinking someone could get him for $25 million or less AVA per season seems ludicrous. His lifetime batting average is.279 and in addition to winning the Home Run Derby a year ago, Harper also has 184 homeruns in his career.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been connected to Harper on multiple occasions but not under the scope of a 10-year deal he may be seeking. I am starting a petition for the other 28 teams in the Major League Baseball to offer this man a contract to keep him out of NY. The Phillies and Nationals the teams that could give Harper what he wants.