The Los Angeles Dodgers are at all times in competition on the subject of signing the highest free brokers available on the market, and that needs to be the case with Bryce Harper this winter. Whereas it’s extensively assumed that they won’t carry again Manny Machado, there might be cause to consider the Dodgers can be suitors for Harper.
Based on Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Occasions, the Dodgers tried to accumulate Harper twice in the course of the 2018 season. The primary time was earlier than the July 31 non-waiver commerce deadline, and the second was after they claimed him earlier than the waiver deadline however the Washington Nationals pulled Harper again, as anticipated.
The Dodgers have a crowded outfield that features Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor. That will make them seem to be an unlikely touchdown spot for Harper, however Castillo experiences that they provided Puig as a part of a commerce for Harper. The Dodgers and Nationals in the end couldn’t attain a deal.
Puig hasn’t emerged into the famous person the Dodgers hoped he can be, and he’s below staff management for yet another 12 months earlier than he can turn out to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020. If LA does resolve to make a run at Harper, they’d seemingly nonetheless look to maneuver Puig this offseason.
Given the astronomical sum of money Harper is predicted to earn this winter, there are most likely solely a handful of groups with a sensible shot at signing him. The Dodgers are actually amongst them.