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REACTION: BRYCE HARPER

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The baseball world — no, retract that — sports fans everywhere were shocked (and many relieved) early Thursday afternoon when Jeff Passan was first to report that Bryce Harper was in the process of finalizing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

I knew he was going to enjoy a sweet pay day, but 13 years and $330 million with no opt out? Harper is 26 years old. Barring injury (or some other bizarre circumstances) he will earn $10 million in 2019 (plus $20 million signing bonus); $26 million (2020); $26 million (2021); $26 million (2022); $26 million (2023); $26 million (2024); $26 million (2025); $26 million (2026); $26 million (2027); $26 million (2028); $26 million (2029): $22 million (2030) and $22 million (2031).

But before you attempt to digest those numbers, let’s consider this simple fact:

As for those teams either impacted or denied by Harper, New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen responded:

“I believe that we can beat any team, any time. No player signing is going to change that mindset. I really don’t have any reaction. I think as we’ve built this team we’ve tried to focus on ourselves to be the best version of ourselves, and to go try to win games.”

Dodgers Cody Bellinger said:

“It’s really a pretty big contract, so … good for him, congratulations to him, it’s a great accomplishment. It’s the National League still, but it’s great that he’s not in the division.”

White Sox VP Ken Williams said:

“Rest assured that no one is feeling what Rick (Hahn) and I are feeling because every single day since June of last year, this is what we had planned for, the pursuit of both Harper and Machado. Harper [was] well out of our range …”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy added:

“That’s over with now. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. You can’t be disappointed, and you don’t want the players disappointed. I tell them. ‘You’ve got to be thankful for what you have versus what you don’t have.’ That’s how we think here.”

Is Bryce Harper worth $330 million? In the immortal words of the man in the spotlight: That’s a clown question, bro.

Slice it, dice it anyway you’d like, but the truth is, no professional athlete is worth $330 million. He is a man playing a child’s game. Baseball will always be nothing more than that — a game.

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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