The Parents will meet with the free agent gardener Bryce Harper In Las Vegas today or tomorrow, inform Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). Parents' property is "expected" to be represented at the meeting, and Rosenthal also notes that Harper and Agent Scott Boras have met with other teams "in recent days," although there are still no signs that a business is closed.
The news of an encounter with Harper comes on the heels of the report last week that the Fathers persecuted Manny Machado and planning a similar situation with him, though Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweeted Last night, the meeting of Parents / Machado has not yet occurred. However, the surprise of Padres as a possible suitor for the two main free agents in the market stands out, and the fact that meetings in person are scheduled shows a level of interest that many teams throughout the league did not express.
Outfield is not exactly a space of necessity for the Friars, who already have it Wil Myers, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Franchy Cordero, Franmil Reyes e Travis Jankowski on the list. Harper, however, would represent an update on the right field and would still allow the Fathers to explore the newest and most controllable outfield stores. It is also possible that the Harper market did not evolve to the level that San Diego initially expected, and the property agreed to a meeting to determine if there is a plausible adjustment. The Fathers signed another high profile client of Boras, Eric Hosmer, to an agreement of eight years worth 144MM last winter, and surely the organization is closer to contending that at that time, even if 2019 is a long shot (with or without Harper).
The Hosmer contract was already a significant expense for the typically Conservative Fathers, and signing or Harper or Machado would represent the next level that was never seen by the organizers and their followers. However, as I noticed last week to see how Machado could fit the payroll, it may not be as difficult as many will think so that Fathers can accommodate an annual salary of $ 30MM + (Harper rejected a 10-year and $ 300MM bid of the nationals who, as reported, have increased).
Myers and Hosmer are the only long-term contracts on the books for the Parents, and the Hosmer contract was very loaded. While he wins $ 21 million annually for the next four seasons, Hosmer's salary will drop to $ 13 million per year from 2023-25. Myers will pay $ 5.5MM in 2019 and $ 22.5MM in each of the following three seasons, although Parents have tried to download this contract for some time in any way.
Even speculatively, he created an annual fee of $ 34 million for Harper and assuming that the organization can not negotiate with Myers, there would be only three seasons in which the Fathers were in the hook for all those salaries. Combined, these three would amount to $ 77.5MM, a huge sum for three players by San Diego standards, but they would reach 2023 that they would be paying Harper and Hosmer below 50MM dollars, combined with Myers out of the books. And, taking into account the deluge of the Fathers of talent that approaches one of the most important agricultural systems of the game, Harper and Hosmer are likely to be surrounded by pre-arbitration players. Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urias e Francisco Mejia everyone could join Harper and Hosmer as regular in that theoretical alignment until the end of the 2019 season.
Nothing in that is to say that an agreement between the two sides is likely, but the financial component can be much easier to navigate than many expect at first glance. The meeting is only one step in what would surely be an arduous negotiation process, but it seems clear that the current possession of the Parents is open at least to the possibility of high-level spending before its promising core emerges at the high level of league