Sports Source: Bryce Harper to the Phillies?

By James Kelly
February 11, 2019

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Bryce Harper is the biggest free agent in baseball with Manny Machado behind him. Both are still free agents with no destination in sight, while pitchers and catchers report to spring training in less than a week. Harper has been linked to the Philadelphia Phillies this whole off-season, as the Phillies are one of two teams to have a face-to-face meeting with Harper and his agent. The San Diego Padres met with Harper last week as they pursue the right fielder. Harper could lead the Phillies to the playoffs and potentially to a World Series. There are other positions that need to be addressed like the bullpen and consistency at the middle infield. But, Harper is the main focus of the Phillies and the whole city of Philadelphia. Harper has been tweeting about his possible landing destination throughout the whole off-season but nothing has been reported about where he is going to play next season. If Harper does, in fact, play for the Phillies next season, he instantly brings a consistent power bat in the middle of the lineup. Harper is the key piece the Phillies lineup needs for them to take the next step in making the team a legitimate contender in the league. Harper would most likely bat third, behind Cesar Hernandez and Jean Segura. Harper will be a consistent bat that has the capability to hit 50 home runs with the short right-field fence at Citizens Banks Park. Starting pitching and the bullpen are both huge weaknesses in the Phillies roster, a consistent bat in the middle of the lineup was a huge problem. The MVP candidate that Harper is will immediately bring fans back to Citizens Bank Park and make the Phillies a true contender.

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