Clint vs Bryce

I was a HUGE proponent of the Yankees signing Bryce Harper (because he’s great).

The Yankees didn’t sign Harper (of course) which opened the door for Clint Frazier to play regularly once Giancarlo Stanton was injured. Since that time, Clint Frazier has hit the cover off the ball.

Let’s compare the two players at this moment. (Harper is playing tonight so his numbers were through yesterday while I added Frazier’s numbers through today’s game. Frazier has played in fewer (19-15) games than Harper this year.)


Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

The Yankees offseason strategy seems to have been that the Red Sox won the division by eight games last years, but it is very unlikely so many things will go well again for Boston. There is a possibility they are right about that, but that can hardly be called a strategy in any meaningful sense. When the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the ALDS last fall, they had some clear weaknesses that needed to be addressed. Their starting pitching was not strong enough; defense at third base was a problem; first base was at best a big question mark; and the injury suffered by shortstop Didi Gregorius created a hole at that position. 

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Breaking: Phillies Sign Bryce Harper to Largest Free-Agent Deal in Sports History (13 Years, $330 Million)

Breaking: Phillies Sign Bryce Harper to Largest Free-Agent Deal in Sports History (13 Years, $330 Million)

The offseason of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper (and Patrick Corbin…remember he was a top-name to acquire this offseason?) is finally over.

First off the board came Manny Machado, who signed a 10-Year, $300 Million deal with the Padres just over a week ago. Here are some perspectives from writer Paul Semendinger from the day after the deal was first announced.

Earleir today, however, Jon Heyman posted the most simple tweet to convey the news, “Breaking: Bryce to the Phillies”. Following this came a flurry of tweets regarding how many years and salary, lack of opt-outs or deferrals, luxury tax considerations, and the like. (As always, linked tweets will appear in the article.)

The AAV on this deal will be about $25.4M a year for luxury tax purposes, which is in-line with most major contracts for top baseball players, and will set the Phillies up to have a solid support system around their new outfielder.

Ethan’s Quick Take: I honestly don’t know how to feel about this. The AAV is low enough that I can’t fathom not being able to sign Harper, but the years (until he’s 39!) is a major detractor for me. I think I am going to need to sit on this before I decide how I truly feel. Right now though, I’m content that this offseason of rumors is over.

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BONUS Tweet of the Day: This Would Make the Off-Season an A+

Note - this is probably a poor photoshop, but, it’s still fun.

Part of the joy of baseball fandom is dreaming. And this has been a dream all winter long!