1. Bryce Harper is going to cost a massive price
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to these massive superstars and the Los Angeles Dodgers is how big the contract might be if the two sides come to a deal.
Harper already reportedly rejected a $300 million contract from the Washington Nationals and it appears that his asking price is going to be $400 million or higher. Just around MLB Twitter, I have seen a 14-year, $420 million contract suggested for the Dodgers and Harper.
That is a massive contract and that is not something this front office typically does. A report that went out to investors prior to the 2017 season stated that the Dodgers are planning to stay under the luxury tax threshold through the 2022 season.
Of course, that document is over a year old and the front office could have already had a change of heart, especially after coming up short in the World Series twice and Harper being such a coveted name.
Either way you look at it, Harper is going to cost a lot and the Dodgers were weary in adding Giancarlo Stanton last winter despite the slugger practically telling the world that the Dodgers were his preferred destination.
This is a relatively young core with Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and the other arbitration players. After Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen‘s contract expire there will be a lot of freed up money.
However, the team does eventually have to pay the likes of Seager, Bellinger and company and having a contract like Harper’s in five years could lead to MLB purgatory and Harper being dealt to a then-contender.
That is not what necessarily will happen, but it is something the front office is certainly considering.