Bryce Harper is a great player that certainly deserves the biggest contract the St. Louis Cardinals have ever given, but the check for Harper certainly isn’t blank.
There is a pretty defined limit on what we are willing to offer to Bryce Harper, and a variety of factors play into it. There were two main things that kept our writer’s offers grounded: inconsistency and Mike Trout. A contract that is based more on predicting value than any contract in history, there was only so much that we would be willing to spend on Harper because it’s only based on a single year of tangible results.
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Some writers are also still sold on the St. Louis Cardinals current outfield, and believes that it is not the end of the world if Harper doesn’t call Busch home in 2019. Others believe that Harper would fill a gap in the team that the Cardinals have lacked and desperately needed for years. But whatever the case may be, no writer would be unhappy with acquiring Bryce Harper, even at a salary that would register as the MLB’s highest.
Harper’s talent is unquestionable and the life he would bring to the St. Louis Cardinals is undeniable. There is no doubt that he has the ability to be the cornerstone piece of the Cardinals team, and he is the most profitable player in the league to boot. Each of our writers presented a rather hefty sum to acquire the former MVP, though none of the ideal amounts rose above a $350M total.
Bryce Harper’s talent and money making abiity is as unquestionable as the championship pedigree of the St. Louis Cardinals, so a marriage of the two seems like a perfect fit. Most of our writers believe that 10 years, $350M is the way to go, and while some are reluctant to break that coveted $400M barrier, some believe it is time for the DeWitt’s and Cardinals management to put their money where their mouths are.