He’s only had an OPS of .900 twice and he’s about to be paid as if he’s the best player in baseball. He had two outstanding superstar seasons with an OPS of 1.000. But the others were that of a plus player or a borderline All Star. He is not ARod or Pujols when they were up for free agency. I can’t recall a more overrated baseball player in my lifetime based on his current production.
I think he would be superstar in NY.( not that he already isn’t) A lineup of Judge, Harper, Stanton would terrify pitchers. And I think they need him more then they want to let people believe.
I’m not sold on Machado as much. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great player, but his playoff comments and numbers scare me, they have Andujar who looks like a budding all star at 3B, and I get the feeling NY might be too much for him.
As I said below it looks like I was wrong, but I always thought the Yankees would go hard after Harper and he wanted to come to NY, so it seemed like it would work out.
I'd rather have a contact hitter with speed to ultimately replace Gardner than Harper, a .250 hitter with 169 strikeouts. Hicks, who is over 30, can move to left when Florial is ready. Frazier will hopefully become a reliable fourth guy if he can stay healthy.
Edit: If they want to spend money on an outfielder nowrather than wait for Florial, get A.J.Pollock.
Agree on Machado. They will live to regret trading Andujar, especially to an AL team.
To the point they get way less money and way fewer years.
and then sign Nolan Arenado next offseason.
to the worst.
If ever a “past performance” disclaimer were needed, it would be for Arenado in this scenario.
great third baseman.
Besides, he already rakes at SF and is used to playing there.
I highly doubt they will get both, but I think their offer might be well above those of the player's preferred destinations.
The Yankees don't need right-handed power in the lineup. They can be very patient with Machado and even give him a lowball offer, relatively speaking.
I've always thought that Harper's choice would be the Dodgers, but they don't really seem to be in the sweepstakes.
I'll be curious to see if one or both takes short deal with high average value, and then go back into the free agent pool in two or three years.
Will bear itself out.
I don't think the market for them, is as hot as they hoped or wanted, and they are trying to wait it out to build as much value as they can.
However, when it's all said and done, the math guys are telling them they aren't worth what they think they are, and here we are.
Unless the Cubs flip Heyward for a half full bucket of Gatorade.
Need it. A pitcher goes down and you have no options. Plus the cubs don't need another 235 hitter in the middle of the order.
but I still expect the Yankees to come in late on Harper. Really surprised they focused more on Machado than Harper. They also do not seem to be offering alot for Machado either, and from most guesses it looks like the Yankees are making more money than ever before. It seems like Hal is a little cheaper than his dad.