Here's a tweet you will all get a kick out of:
Despite rumored offers/wishes of teams, word is Bryce Harper is not signing - or even considering - short-term deals.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2019
*chef finger kiss*
This tweet perfectly sums up this offseason, in that:
- It contains no real insight. We're all obligated to tweet and write updates about Harper/Machado because that's the job and people eat it up, but there has not been real news on either in months, so here we are.
- It casually glazes over the fact that MLB teams remain vigilant about shortchanging generational free agents
- Implies blame at Harper for not being open to taking less than he's worth. If you don't believe me, look at the replies:
I hope he stays unemployed at this point
— tbsports33 (@tbsports33) February 12, 2019
must be rough getting offered 300 million and saying naw Im good...smdh🤦♂️🤦♂️
— Robert Kirby (@kirbybobby1) February 12, 2019
Good luck skipping 2019 then lol
— Scott 🇺🇸 (@diesel2410) February 12, 2019
Good, he's a slightly above average player with an inflated ego and media-driven popularity. Same w manny
— LamarWR1 (@pedrothesavior) February 12, 2019
Oh no, going to have to cancel baseball season, 🤣🤣, he's not bigger than the game, if he doesn't like the deals, then find something else to do!!
— tateaggies (@tateaggies) February 12, 2019
There are dozens and dozens more just like this, but you get the point. It's stretching it to classify the notion that "Bryce Harper doesn't want to get underpaid for his services" as news, but that's where MLB is right now.
What does this mean for the Cubs and White Sox? Nothing! At the end of the day, they'll both sign the best offer that comes across their desks. This is just posturing, which is a fun chess game in early-Decemeber but has outsayed its welcome by mid-February.
Baseball's back baby!