Bryce Harper has been recognized as one of the top 3 baseball players in the MLB by some, while others may even rank him as the best baseball player in the entire league. There is certainly an argument for both sides, however, when it comes to Harper, it’s no secret that he sees himself second to none.
So much so, that Harper has reportedly valued himself over $300 million. Some reports have claimed that Harper is actually looking for $400 million when he becomes a free agent in the 2018-2019 off season.
There is no doubt that on this current day, there are teams that would cough up at $300 million for Harper. He’s the perfect guy to build any franchise around. A team like the Yankees are lacking box office players compared to the Core Four and other eras prior to that. You also have to believe that other big market teams such as the Dodgers and Red Sox would make a run at him as well.
However, Harper is not playing like the player that we all have grown accustomed to viewing him as. Harper is currently sporting a .237 batting average, 20 home runs and 56 RBI on the season. Along with that, this is including a .048 batting average and 1 RBI over the last 7 days as it stands on the 29th of July.
Earlier on in the season, many assumed Harper would find his way at some point down the line. That excuse is starting to lose its value, as we are now just about to approach August. Which means, there is just two months left on the season.
It’s safe to bet that Harper will smack at least 30 home runs on the season. However, is a sub .250 batting average and 30 home runs really worth $300 million? Let alone $400 million?
For the heck of it, I want to remind everyone of Andruw Jones. Through Jones’ first 11 seasons, he would smack a total of 371 homeruns. Many believed that Jones would be a guaranteed Hall of Famer and would go down as one of the greatest outfielders to ever play.
However, Jones would start his 12th season with the Dodgers after spending 11 seasons with the Braves. From that point on, Jones would never hit above the 20 home run mark ever in his career. While he ended his MLB career with the Yankees, Jones would play his last professional game overseas.
It may seem absurd to compare that situation to Harper, but if Harper doesn’t figure out what’s holding his game back, he could indeed become a what could’ve been. So, I think it’s time to start focusing on his game, before we even think Harper is worth the $300+ million that he is asking for.
Do you think Harper is simply suffering a hang over from last year’s phenomenal season? Or is Harper on his way for more struggles over the next couple of seasons?