St. Louis Cardinals not interested in Bryce Harper despite financial ability
The St. Louis Cardinals made big news today by acquiring star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the first move in an effort to get the proud franchise back to competing in the National League Central division.
St. Louis still has plenty of money to spend this offseason. They could go out and try to find another big bat or they could spend on starting pitching and improving their bullpen.
According to a report from Jenifer Langosch of the MLB Network, the Cardinals are not going to be one of the teams pursuing superstar outfielder Bryce Harper this offseason.
#STLCards offseason priorities now shift to improving their bullpen and adding a left-handed bench player. They still have substantial financial flexibility, but I'm told Bryce Harper is not a target.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 5, 2018
Harper is going to be the most sought after free agent of the offseason. Manny Machado will be right behind him, but Harper has been hyped up for the last couple of seasons as a guy who could shatter records with his new contract.
To this point in time, the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs have been the most talked about teams when it comes to the Harper sweepstakes.
Last season with the Nationals, Harper ended up batting .249 to go along with 34 home runs and 100 RBI’s. He had a bit of a down season, but that isn’t expected to make his value drop too much. The Cardinals could use more pop in their lineup, but they may not want another slugger.
At just 26 years old, Harper is going to completely change the outlook for whoever signs him. Many would love to see him join his close friend Kris Bryant in Chicago, but there are plenty of other teams that can take his legacy to the next level as well.
Expect to hear a lot of rumors come out about Harper in the near future. He isn’t going to rush to make a decision, but teams are going to be lining up with big contract offers soon.