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  1. FT35

    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    I like the first part, but to hang the credit for a WS title on a single player doesn’t bode well. To win a WS, you need all active members of the team pulling just as hard. Maybe a bonus for MVP, or WS MVP, but the title is the team’s accomplishment.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    Exactly!! It’s hard not to cling to any hope you have when you have little actual hope!
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    True...but how often do you see a superstar make or break a team in the first year he's on that team? It usually takes a couple of years for everything to click...the new face of the franchise to click. Signing him now burns that "wind-up" year before the official window hits. You make that happen in the year Eloy comes up and hopefully rakes, then maybe you have an outside shot at stealing a post-season birth from someone and REALLY jump starting things. That's why it wasn't the who as much as the now in this particular situation for us. Also...no offense to any other top FA that is actually obtainable, but there aren't many faces like Harper's. There will be other studs available, but Arenado seems likely to re-sign, Trout will cost a billion dollars, there's pitchers but those usually settle with top contending teams, and by the time the future rolls around, all the big money teams will be in the mix for the top available FAs and that's when it will be make or break time for us. It's the NOW factor that ruled the moment for the White Sox this off season--they controlled their own fate. If they fail on Harper, they will have to get very lucky somehow to have all the elements align like they are now.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    It's not. However it was a great way to jump start that process and add several "WAR" at one time, without it costing prospects. So you keep your depth and you keep your prospects and only pay from what the surplus is...cash. Since we are so low, it would provide us with a nice safety net should 1 or more of out big prospects fall off (likely). Obviously it would be great if all the prospects take off and perform as we believe they can, but you grab a superstar to give you some insurance, and to put a face to the process--give the fans something they can get behind and stay interested in until the winning comes along. It also gives the young players some reason to believe...wow that's Bryce Harper in the locker next to me. This is for real--this is going to happen--people in the organization believe in this process enough to go sign a monster contract.
  5. This is some great original dumpster content here!! Who here didn't immediately picture the difference!?
  6. In my opinion, the Santana signing is a good one. 4.6 WAR in 2017, 3.9 the year before that. He's had several years where he's hovered around the 3 mark. Using the $9M/1WAR equation that everyone has been using for Harper and Machado estimates, that should put him in line for a 27-41M/year salary. We got him for $4M--IF he makes the team.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    Totally understand from a baseball perspective! But now...let's say it's a business first game 2nd. Would you pay an "employee" to provide say a more reasonable $175M worth of value over 10 years for his baseball contributions, then give him an additional $150M over the next 10 years to generate a half a billion dollars for you over the next 10-years through other non-baseball related "sales" activity?
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    Yeah I mean, we're still fielding a team with the likes of Adam Engel, Daniel Palka, Yolmer Sanchez, Yonder Alonso, Nicky Delmonico, James McCann, Leury Garcia, Jose Rondon...the small uptick in Machado's baseball numbers over Harper's might not really translate to more wins... BUT a Bryce Harper signing would possibly convince more people to actually come watch a team who fields players like Adam Engel, Daniel Palka, Yolmer Sanchez, Yonder Alonso, Nicky Delmonico, James McCann, Leury Garcia, Jose Rondon... Maybe with that money we could go out and buy A pitcher.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    Honestly, at this current moment in time, the argument of who's better is irrelevant because Manny is no longer available. Since we missed on Manny, we're in a much different position as a franchise--a position that NEEDS Harper more than ever. We're now in a position of missing out on a star in a once in a lifetime market sans all the powerhouse teams. If we DON'T get Harper, we could be facing a situation where the only shot we have at a superstar is developing one. I don't like our chances...our player development is low and we won't have any fans coming to games to generate revenue.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    While signing a top free agent can put a team over the top, literally signing your team's core through free agency historically fails more times than not. Remember the Marlins' Reyes, Buehrle, Heath Bell signings? Lost 93 games that year. How about the Angels spending over $310M on Pujols and CJ Wilson (The top SP on the market that off-season)? One post-season appearance since. We all thought the Yankees were dynasty contenders after they spent nearly $400M on Tanaka, Ellsbury and McCann in 2013. Still hasn't led them to the promise land. OH...and Melky, Robertson, Samardzija (trade) kinda goes without saying around these parts.....
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    As evident by their astounding record of success over the years..........I think only the Marlins have spent more and won less.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    2 things...an observation and a question. Observation: Again...I believe this is 99% moot, but I think right now we have a rare situation with Bryce Harper. This might be a case where you ask yourself...Bryce Harper isn't a $350M baseball player, but how much is he worth to THIS franchise right now given the events of the last week? Bid accordingly. Question: Hearing a lot about the "seat at the table" jargon. I guess I was unaware that it was an accomplishment to have a seat at the table. Is it a common thing for free agents to deny meeting with teams who declare their interest in paying them millions and sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars? Is there ANY sort of element of accomplishment that one has by securing a "seat at the table?" I would think there aren't many MLB teams right now that are in a more lowly state as we are, but we had a "seat at the table" with these guys. Would think that would come down to a simple phone call and a Outlook calendar appointment setup, but maybe I'm wrong.
  13. FT35

    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    Yep...we need to be Philly's San Diego.
  14. FT35

    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    I agree. They HAVE to know. Most would agree they knew prior to going into this off-season.
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    Harper to Phillies 13yr/330 mil

    They valued a superstar enough to meet with Harper and keep continued communications going all winter, then go all in for Manny...they obviously are sold on the idea of speeding up the rebuild--even if their plan fell short. I think these guys really worked hard on Manny. I think the work they put in was enough to get him, but the guaranteed money wasn't. They spent the winter getting their roster and their payroll ready for a superstar, they just thought it would be Manny. They didn't have a hard number of what would get it done for Manny till the very end. Now they have an idea of where to start for Harper. They can more accurately weigh this cost to stop the bleeding and Harper would go a longer way in making all that money back for Jerry than Manny. Plus...the money they were willing to shell out for Manny was up to $350M. If they offer that same amount that Jerry OK'd for Manny straight up for Harper--all guaranteed, they might get him?
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