Bryce Harper’s Tough Decision

Bryce Harper is a free agent. Where do you think he’ll sign?

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There’s a hot new item on the Major League Baseball Market – his name is Bryce Harper. If you’re unfamiliar with his name now, you won’t be for long. Born on Oct. 16, 1992, this 26-year-old outfielder is sought after by several major league teams (Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies – to name a few). And according to USA Today, he is on his way to becoming the richest player in baseball history.

So, where did this baseball superstardom begin? During the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, he was selected as first overall pick by the Washington Nationals. Since that time, he has astounded both players and fans alike. According to the MLB, Bryce Harper has received the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Award at age 22 and was a six-time All-Star at the age of 25. Harper has a 73.6 percent in-zone swing rate, which is well above the 66.4 percent Major League average.

With such an impressive resume, it’s no wonder Washington Nationals were worried about losing their franchise player. His home team offered him a 10-year, $300 million contract on Sep. 26, which he promptly refused. After being turned down without even a counter offer, the Nationals retracted their contract. Harper will be moving, but where?

MLB reports that Harper is “looking to surpass Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million contract.” Even with such an expensive request, the offers are still lining up. From the Chicago Cubs to the San Francisco Giants, there is no shortage of potential teams. But USA Today predicts that Harper’s new home will be the Phillies or the Giants or the Cubs. They report that his other suitors are not practical options for him. “The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t have interest. The St. Louis Cardinals don’t have bright lights.”

There are rumors regarding each team.

NBC Sports reports that Bryce Harper is “flirting with Chicago,” posting a picture of the Wrigley marquee on social media and captioning it “Until next time! Love this place.” He even named his dog Wrigley! With Kris Bryant, one of his best friends, on the team, it’s no surprise that Cubs fans are hopeful. But USA Today warns that the Chicago Cubs wouldn’t “want to spend the money unless someone takes Jason Heyward or Yu Darvish off their hands.”

So, what about the San Francisco Giants? In an article from USA Today, the Giants appear to need the talent from someone like Harper. “Harper’s 34 home runs – (an off year for him) match the combined total of the Giants’ two most recent season leaders,” which were Evan Longoria with 16 and Brandon Belt with 18 home runs. The Giants have the money and the need; they just need to convince Harper. However, while Harper would be a great addition to any team, the San Francisco Giants are planning on changing their team dynamic over the next few years. Would an investment such as Harper work in with their future plans?

According to USA Today, the Phillies are the most desperate team to land a star and they are willing to pay the high fee for Harper. The Phillies seem to want Harper the most, but will Harper choose them?

As we all know, baseball throws a lot of curveballs. Nothing is set until the papers are signed. Do you think Harper will receive offers from all these teams? And who will Harper end up choosing? Read more about this story on USA Today here.


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Bryce Harper is a free agent. Where do you think he’ll sign?

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49% Giants
51% Cubs
Males
46% Giants
54% Cubs
Females
56% Giants
44% Cubs

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