3. The World Series window is not going to last forever
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six consecutive National League West Titles, have appeared in three consecutive National League Championship Series and have competed in the last two World Series.
Despite all of that, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have not won a World Series since 1988. If that streak could have been broken over the last two years, perhaps the Dodgers would not be so persistent in bringing in Harper.
However, after losing in back-to-back World Series and seeing the slow decline of the backbone of the franchise (Clayton Kershaw) the Dodgers front office needs to realize that this World Series window is not going to last forever.
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Eventually, the current core of guys is going to be out of LA and the team is going to need to make a decision on Seager and Bellinger if either guy even opts to stay. At that point, who knows who the Dodgers call on from the farm system or even in sneaky trades with other teams.
Nobody expected this roster to be what the Dodgers fielded three years ago and the team’s roster in three years is going to be wildly unexpected as well. Either way, the fact of the matter is that even the best teams in MLB history had to eventually hit the reset button and that is the same for the Dodgers, with or without Harper.
Adding Harper adds longevity to this title window. It adds a bat that can replace the bat of Justin Turner if the Dodgers cannot eventually find a suitable replacement. It adds a star to lure in free agents. It adds a new face of the franchise.
The Dodgers still have promising young players in Seager, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and Bellinger, to name a few. Harper would come right in with this young core, and as a young piece himself, would grow with this team as they eventually work towards that ultimate goal.
This young core has not reached their ceiling yet and neither has Harper. However, it could be said that Turner, Kershaw and Jansen all have.
The title window is shrinking. While it will not shut anytime soon, adding Bryce Harper extends the timeline for the Los Angeles Dodgers.