Right after absolutely free agent infielder Manny Machado achieved a deal to indication with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, the baseball environment remains in waiting around for previous Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to obtain a team eager to provide him what — in accordance to some experiences cited by the Inquisitr — could be a contract really worth in surplus of $400 million. Whilst the Philadelphia Phillies have been broadly viewed as the leading contender for Harper’s providers, there could be a “mystery team” also intrigued.
“It would seem other intrigued groups have not been advised they are out,” wrote MLB Community “insider” Jon Heyman on Twitter. “That contains Padres, Nats, Giants, Chisox, multiple secret groups.”
But which “mystery team” may that be?
Acccording to SB Country columnist Matt Lyons, one “mystery team” in contention for Bryce Harper could be a team that experienced previously expressed an curiosity in obtaining him — the Cleveland Indians.
Lyons factors out that in the 2016-2017 offseason, the Indians surprised baseball followers by rising at the final instant to indication then-Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who — all through that cycle — was the most sought-soon after absolutely free agent obtainable.
Harper, of course, will demand significantly extra than the $60 million, 3-year deal the Indians handed to Encarnacion. But in accordance to Lyons, the economics of even a hefty Harper contract might perform for the Indians.
Lyons notes that, in accordance to Forbes, the Indians are at present valued at $1.045 billion, with revenues of $284 million and an operating revenue of $31 million. In addition, Lyons notes, homeowners Paul and Larry Dolan have owned the team since 2000 — and have operated personal debt-absolutely free for many years.
Right after shedding Francisco Lindor’s contract in 2021, the Indians have “somewhere among $30-$50 million to perform with each individual year,” Lyons wrote — this means the Indians have the option to provide Harper “a massive deal over 3 many years.”
“Give the guy a thing certainly bonkers like 3 many years, $120 million and just acknowledge that you’re going to [be] paying $40 million per year for the possibility to earn a Earth Sequence by 2021. That alone would elevate the Indians’ payroll this year to around $150 million, or 10th in baseball powering the Houston Astros,” Lyons wrote.
Excitement on Twitter over the risk that Harper could conclusion up in Cleveland also commenced to warmth up on Wednesday.
Bryce Harper to the Indians is selecting up momentum my resources convey to me
— Edward ⚾ (@iTechCaptain) February 20, 2019
At this time convincing myself that the Indians are gonna indication Bryce Harper. Earth Sequence listed here we appear
— blake (@blake_benko) February 20, 2019
On Wednesday, one Indians enthusiast commenced a GoFundMe page to — in presumably tongue-in-cheek style — elevate dollars for Cleveland to indication Harper. The GoFundMe marketing campaign has a funding aim of $40 million. But soon after the 1st seven hrs, no donations experienced been gained.
The Indians’ curiosity in Harper, at minimum in principle, is properly-acknowledged. Cleveland and Washington held conversations on trading Harper to the Indians at final season’s trade deadline, but the talks fizzled out, in accordance to MLB.com.