Bryce Harper is out of his mind. According to many sources, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is demanding a 10-year contract worth $400 million once his deal runs up in 2018. The Nationals, however, have already made it clear that they are prepared to move on if that is Harper's legitimate asking price.
If I were Mike Rizzo, the General Manager of the Nationals, as soon as Harper said $400 million, I would've laughed and hung up the phone. The only leverage that Bryce Harper has is his age. He's only 24 years old and still has a lot of time to grow and get better. Every other number and statistic doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of a $400 million ballplayer. In 5 seasons, Harper has 121 home runs, 334 RBI, 58 stolen bases, a .382 on-base percentage, a .501 slugging percentage, and a .279 batting average. Harper has never driven in more than 100 RBI in a single season, and he's only passed 24 home runs in 1 of his 5 seasons in Major League Baseball.
After his second year in the bigs, I've always thought Harper was overrated. He is athletic, good with his glove, tough, and has some good raw power, but his numbers don't blow me away. I got to hand it to him though, demanding 10 years, $400 million right after batting .243 takes guts. Is it really guts or is it delusion, though? This kid has been labeled "baseball's savior" ever since he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated 8 years ago and people have been pumping his tires.
Sorry Bryce, I'm not going to be one of those people. I would be hard-pressed to admit any player in baseball right now is worth that kind of money. Even Mike Trout, a guy who has been in the MVP race for 5 straight years, winning two in the process, is a guy that I'm not sure I would give that kind of money to. There are many other young players that are better ballplayers than Bryce Harper right now and none of those players are demanding anything relatively close. He looks like an entitled brat demanding that kind of money.
But given that his agent is Scott Boras, Harper is probably going to end up getting paid and his ego is going to flare up like we've never seen before. Of course, the early favorites to bow down to Harper's every demand once he hits the market is the New York Yankees. I wouldn't mind watching that front office flush millions down the toilet yet again after the A-Rod debacle of 2007. Bryce Harper doesn't deserve that contract, and he never will. Wake up and smell the coffee, or try winning a few more MVP's before demanding a ridiculous price tag.