Yankees' Aaron Judge open to position change to land Bryce Harper

Ross Houston
February 7, 2019

As this interminable offseason finally staggers to an anticlimactic finish with the first spring training game just 17 days away, the biggest and best free agents still don't have a home.

As of Monday morning, the 26-year-old still had not made a decision public on where he's planning to sign. Jim Bowden of ESPN reported earlier this week that "there are indeed "mystery team (s)' in on Bryce Harper that the public is not aware of" along with the known pursuers: the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and maybe Washington Nationals".

As the Harper saga drags on, it's allowed for several teams to remain part of the sweepstakes, with some hopeful to convince him of signing a short-term contract. What I have not, and will not accept is the thought of Bryce Harper as a Yankee.

"I think [Boston's] payroll was one pretty far up there, and obviously the way the luxury tax works and the penalties that exist, especially when you start going up high, I am not really surprised", Boone said.

Whether it evolves into something more is a reasonable question, one with some history to back it. Who will offer them the max contract they think they deserve?

It has been a quiet winter in the Bay, with Derek Holland re-signing and Drew Pomeranz arriving as a free agent being the headline news.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been connected to Harper on multiple occasions but not under the scope of a 10-year deal he may be seeking. It's unclear how serious they are about pursuing a lucrative deal with Harper, but NJ Advanced Media also reports that the Giants are "in the mix". It resembles last season's, in which the best hitter on the market, J.D.

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