St. Louis Cardinals: What is the right price for Bryce Harper?

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 16: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals looks on from the dugout during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 16, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 16: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals looks on from the dugout during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 16, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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Bryce Harper is arguably the most coveted free agent ever, and the St. Louis Cardinals will be a major player for his services. With Scott Boras trying to break the bank for Harper, the question that still has to be asked by the Cardinals is this: What price is right for Bryce Harper?

The big talk of the ballpark is finally coming full circle, as the coveted free agency that everyone and their mother has been waiting for is finally here. A former number 1 draft pick brought into the league at the ripe age of 19 by the with the purpose of being the franchise’s cornerstone, Bryce Harper would be one of the biggest free agent signings the St. Louis Cardinals have ever made.

Harper hasn’t quite put the full package together, but has shown how dangerous he can be when he does. At 26 years of age and a 9+ WAR season under his belt, there is substance there for people to believe that Harper’s newest contract will in fact break barriers that would make others before it pale in comparison. On top of possessing MVP-level talent, Harper provides marketability that only few in the league today can come close to matching.

This all makes putting a number on his value somewhat difficult. His abilities and young age mixed with all of the hype brought into his coming free agency for the last several seasons almost certainly means that whichever team scoops him up in free agency will be paying him one of the most lucrative contracts in league history.

But will it be the most lucrative? How will it compare to the huge contracts of the past? A few of our writers give their thoughts on what they would want to sign Bryce Harper at, and how high they would be happy with the St. Louis Cardinals paying for Harper to be a Cardinal.

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