After Manny Machado signed his 10-year $300 million contract with the Padres, all eyes around baseball turned to Bryce Harper.
Harper and Machado’s names had been linked all throughout free agency, as the two 26-year-old superstars were set to cash in on monster new contracts.
With one of those superstars still left unsigned, a new team entered the Harper sweepstakes today and they did so with a clear message in mind.
That’s right, the Dodgers are literally backing up the Brinks truck to tempt Harper to come to Los Angeles.
The match between Harper and the Dodgers seems like a good one. Harper is arguably baseball’s biggest star and there is no place for stars like Hollywood.
The holdup in getting a deal done between the Dodgers and Harper is that Los Angeles wants him on a short-term deal. While the money would be higher per year, Harper has been searching for a deal no shorter than 10 years.
The fact that Harper is represented by agent Scott Boras makes a short-term deal less likely, as he always pushes to set records when he has a player like Harper on the open market.
At the end of the day, Boras is going to do whatever it takes for Harper to sign a $326 million contract to pass Giancarlo Stanton for the biggest contract in MLB history.
Ozzie Albies May Have Just Signed Worse Contract Extension of All-Time
You may not have heard of him, but Ozzie Albies is one of the best young players in baseball.
The 22-year-old second baseman was an All-Star in his first full season last year, hitting .261 with 24 home runs, 72 RBI and 13 steals.
After today, Albies will be a Brave long-term, as he just signed a seven-year contract extension.
This new contract is being widely panned across baseball, with Albies getting way less than his market value would have indicated.
Albies obviously wanted the security of a long-term deal but at what cost?
This is where a player’s agent has to protect them and let them know what they are worth.
For comparison, his teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. just signed a deal that was one year longer than Albies, but worth $65 million more. Acuna is a better player than Albies, just not three times better as their contracts indicate.
Someone needs to call Ozzie Albies agent and tell him he is fired, because that deal is just terrible.
Mariners Break MLB Home Run Record
The Seattle Mariners were supposed to be bad this year. They gutted their roster in the off season, trading away their best hitter in Robinson Cano, their best starting pitcher in James Paxton and their best relief pitcher in Edwin Diaz.
Yet here they stand 15 games into the season with the best record in baseball at 13-2.
One of the biggest reasons for their early season success has been the Mariners ability to hit the long ball, something they have done every game this season.
By homering in their first 15 games, the Mariners made MLB history, as no team has ever accomplished that feat.
Right now the Mariners are on pace to win 140 games. While there is no chance they stay this hot, the Mariners are still the biggest surprise of the young season thus far.
Trump Administration Cancels MLB Deal with Cuba
Over the last couple of years, Major League Baseball has been doing everything that they can to normalize their relations with Cuba.
As a league who’s biggest stars hail from Cuba, the MLB wanted to come to an agreement that would allow Cuban players to peacefully come to the United States to play in the MLB, without having to defect from their country.
While President Barack Obama was in office, that agreement was put in place, which would have allowed Cuban players to sign in a similar fashion as players from other countries like Japan.
That agreement is now null and void though, as incumbent President Donald Trump has revoked the agreement.
The basis behind the original agreement was when Obama determined that the Cuban Baseball Federation was a separate entity from the Cuban government.
The Trump administration disagreed with that assessment. So, if the MLB was then trading with Cuba for these players, it would be a violation of national policy.
While the politics of this decision can spark real debate, the sad aspect to this decision is all the horror stories that have come out of Cuba in the past when it comes to players defecting to the United States.
Hopefully the old extremely dangerous system of human trafficking does not become commonplace once again.
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