Day: February 9, 2019

  • This is the first edition of the Phillies mailbag. The mailbag has become a popular thing recently, and I wanted to do my own for the Phillies. Unfortunately, I only had a couple of questions for this week. Although there is just a couple of question, I will answer them. Also, if you read this article and have other Phillies’ questions for me, feel free to send them my way. First-edition, Question 1: Firstly, I want to thank Bill or @AvatarJohnson for the question for the first edition of the Phillies mailbag. If you don’t understand the question, he is talking about Bryce Harper. There has been much talk about the contract that Harper will get. I’ve written before that I would give Harper 10 years worth $400M. I would give him $40M a year for all 10 years. I’m not a fan of back-loading contracts because it eventually hurts the organization in the long run. This was during the 2018 season when there was talk of him getting that much. As we’ve seen with the free agent market this year, teams are not handing out these types of contracts anymore. This could be because of the lack of production from guys like Albert Pujols. To try and answer Bill’s question of how much Harper’s production is worth in terms of years and money, it’s tough to say. If you look at Harper’s 162 game average, he is hitting .279 with 32 home runs and 91 RBIs. Right there is a bat that you build your team around. When you pair his production with his personality and marketability, he is worth even more. My final prediction for what the Phillies will offer Harper is still a 10-year contract. However, depending on where the other interested teams are money-wise, I would...