2. Los Angeles is about as hometown as it gets
One thing that is often understated when a player makes a career choice as a free agent is the player’s hometown. While it is not the sole factor, it can help a star make an otherwise tough decision between two cities.
No MLB player is going to give up tens of millions of dollars just so they can be closer to home. However, if two similar offers are on the table, it is completely understandable to see a star pick the city that he is familiar with.
For Bryce Harper, there really is no home-field advantage. The product of Las Vegas, Nevada, has no hometown team to go to unless he wants to play wing for the Las Vegas Golden Knights, wide receiver for the future Las Vegas Raiders or right field for the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are as close as it gets to Las Vegas. Los Angeles is a short one-hour plane ride from Las Vegas and a four-hour drive, but why would Bryce Harper be driving four hours when he probably will own a private jet?
Anaheim also provides a close alternative and even San Diego is not too far away. However, neither of those teams are really in the running for Harper, making LA the perfect destination if he wants to be close to home and visit on his off-days.