As we approach the dog days of summer in the MLB season, it’s becoming clearer to me that the Dodgers absolutely won the offseason when they did NOT sign Bryce Harper. So far this year, Harper has put up decent numbers in Philadelphia, hitting .251 with 11 Home Runs and 45 RBI’s with a 0.8 WAR. Modest numbers to say the least, but when you remember that Bryce signed the 2nd largest overall contract in North American sports history this past offseason, you would expect a lot more from the 26-year old slugger. Bryce is leading the league in something though, Strikeouts. He is tied for first with 85 strikeouts this year and has been striking out at a career high rate of 29.4%.
Image: Bryce Harper walking back to the dugout after a strikeout / Photo Credit: CBSSports.com
Back in LA, after not deciding to give Harper somewhere in between 30-40 million dollars per year to come to LA, the Dodgers trio of Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, and Alex Verdugo are thriving. Each one is currently in the top 10 in the all-star voting for the national league, and all 3 have been having quite exceptional seasons. Verdugo is in a bit of a slump, but overall he has played great defense in the outfield while hitting .287 with 4 home runs and 28 RBI’s in his rookie campaign. Joc Pederson is having one of the best seasons of his young career, hitting .247 with 18 home runs and 33 RBI’s while sporting a career high .599 slugging percentage. Cody Bellinger, well he’s just lead baseball in Average, Hits, Runs, RBI’s Slugging, and total bases, and is a legit MVP candidate in the National league. Oh and he is currently the top vote getter for any position in either league.
Image: Dodgers outfielders Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Alex Verdugo celebrate a win / Photo Credit: Dodgerblue.com
So at the end of the day, the Dodgers came out winners by not over spending on a player who last year had a lower WAR than 39 other national league players last season according to fan graphs. So Philly can keep Harper, Ill take are 3 outfielders over him any day.
Image: Dodgers outfielders Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Alex Verdugo celebrate a win / Photo Credit: Dodgernation.com
Do you think the Dodgers should have signed Bryce Harper? Who will be better off in the long run, the Dodgers or the Phillies? Leave a comment below and as always, Thanks for reading!