Earlier this morning I left you with a pretty long post, yes I know I tend to get a bit long-winded and I tend to ramble on a bit but it’s not something I am willing to apologize for if I am being honest, about the old saying “the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t know.” Specifically we talked about what direction the New York Yankees would go in after the 2018 season when quite possibly the best third baseman in the game, Manny Machado, hits the free agent market for any and all to have for nothing more than money. We discussed whether I thought the Yankees would stick with the devil they know in top third baseman prospect Miguel Andujar or whether they would go with the devil they don’t know in Machado and we plan on doing the same this evening with another free agent after the 2018 season, Bryce Harper.
The Yankees have an absolute slew of outfielders already on the roster and down in the minor league system including, but not limited to, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Dustin Fowler, Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, potentially Jorge Mateo or other prospects who could potentially switch positions due to logjams and I’m sure I’m forgetting another outfielder or two. The point is there are a ton of options on paper, are any of those options better than Harper? Well isn’t that just the million dollar, or potentially up to $400 million, question.
In a nutshell I don’t see anyone on that list I would take over Harper but one must remember that I am one half of the duo that started The GREEDY Pinstripes Yankees blog. I want everyone. I want the best players, I want the biggest salaries (because frankly Scarlett I don’t give a damn) and I want the biggest names. That’s Harper to a “T.”
I could throw out a ton of fancy stats and comparisons but really do I need to? It’s Bryce freaking Harper ladies and gentleman. The Yankees will potentially have two of their outfield positions open by the time Harper hits the free agent market and the third will be clogged up by Jacoby Ellsbury, who should and would be moved if I were in charge, meaning the Yankees will need that big name to draw people to the Stadium. The Yankees will need that big bopper in the middle of their lineup. The Yankees may need Bryce Harper more than Bryce Harper needs the Yankees. Normally I wouldn’t advocate for getting involved in such a situation… but guys… it’s Bryce freaking Harper.
Call Harper the devil you know and call him the devil that you don’t know, I couldn’t care less, just do whatever it is you have to do to get the guy in pinstripes after the 2018 season. Hand the guy a blank contract and a razor and tell him to call when he’s done. Period. Because guys, it’s Bryce Harper.