Bryce Harper is still a realistic MLB free agency target for the New York Yankees
As the MLB free agency market begins to heat up, rumors are continuing to fly about where superstar slugger Bryce Harper could end up. Reports have come out that the Washington Nationals do not expect to be able to convince him to re-sign, which means that Harper will be taking his talents to another market.
Clutch Points has previously noted that the Chicago Cubs could be one of Harper’s top landing spots. There is another team that has been connected to Harper for quite some time that is still very much in the running for his services.
Jim Bowden of The Athletic narrowed down his list of teams that Harper could sign with to just three. Among those teams was the New York Yankees, who have been talked about as a potential destination for Harper over the past couple of seasons.
New York has become one of the top contenders in the American League once again. In order to beat out powerhouse teams like the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, the Yankees will need to make another move or two. Pitching should be their biggest concern, but adding a talent like Harper would be a welcomed move as well.
Last season with the Nationals, Harper had a bit of a down season. He batted .249 to go along with 34 home runs and 100 RBI’s. To say that those numbers were “down” is a good sign for any team that signs Harper.
At just 26 years old, Harper has become one of the best pure hitters in baseball. His numbers are sure to rise next season.
Looking at the Yankees’ current roster, adding Harper would give New York an outfield of Harper, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton. That would be the most lethal outfield trio at the plate in the game.
That being said, the Yankees will have to decide how much money they want to tie up in their outfield. Stanton has heard his name mentioned in trade rumors, but moving him just one year after signing him would not make sense.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors about Harper as the free agency frenzy begins. New York may not make perfect sense for Harper, but they are certainly a team to watch whenever a star player is available.