Signing a player to a reported 13-year, $330 million deal isn't always the best idea.
Harper would have been fun and created some buzz for #SFGIants but 10 years is a LOOOONG TIME. The last thing this team needed was to lock in more bad lengthy deals— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) February 28, 2019
Sure, the Philadelphia Phillies have apparently landed the biggest prize of the free agent market in 26-year-old Harper, but he wasn't a good fit for the Giants, anyway.
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The Giants didn't hire Farhan Zaidi, a disciple of Billy Beane and the A's way of thinking, to make big splash free agent signings.
They hired him to rebuild the roster. A 13-year, $330 contract certainly limits your flexibility, and the 89-loss Giants aren't exactly one player away from being an instant contender.
I wouldn't sign anyone for a 10-plus year contract in any business.— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) February 28, 2019
Harper is a fine ballplayer. But maybe not nine-figure fine.
In his seven MLB seasons he's eclipsed 100 RBI just one time. Eclipsed 140 games played three times.
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Since his MVP season in 2015, he's averaged just 2.5 WAR (wins above replacement player). Do you really want to pay $25+ million per year for 2.5 extra wins? No.
Sure it stings a little today, but the Giants will be better off for it.
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