Bryce Harper was the biggest name this offseason, and there was no shortage of hype surrounding his free agency. Finally agreeing to a slightly gigantic 10 year, $330 million contract with the Phillies, he’s now actively looking to recruit two-time MVP Mike Trout to join him.
Former MVP Bryce Harper is one of baseball’s biggest stars. That’s why it was no surprise his free agency this offseason had the most coverage, with him courting interest from several teams. After rebuking a measly 10 year, $300 million offer from the Nationals, Harper lost some suitors. It left just the Giants, Dodgers, and Phillies left with serious interest. He did finally agree to a monster offer from the Phillies, setting a new record for largest contract.
Now that he’s signed and content with the Phillies, he’s showing no shame in beginning recruitment of fellow superstar, Mike Trout. After the 2020 season, Trout will become a free agent. He’s played 8 years for the Angels, racking up two MVP awards and six silver sluggers. Harper has been quoted as saying, “If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy.”
The two players do share some similarities. Harper is 26, Trout is 27. They were both Rookies of the Year in 2012, and have both won at least MVP since then. The two of them are bonafide superstars and some of the best talent in baseball.
Trout likely in Philly?
It may not be that much of a reach. Trout did grow up near Philadelphia and is a season ticket holder of the Eagles. Despite impressive solo play, the Angels have only made the playoffs once in his career. The center fielder is already 99th in wins above replacement (WAR) rating at just 27 years old. With only 3 active players ahead of him, Trout is on a pace of his own, on track to shatter records.
Since his signing, Bryce Harper has now made comments alluding to having Trout join him in Philadelphia. Considering the Phillies will have the cap space, it’s a very likely possibility, both team-fit wise and cap space considered. Trout still has two full season to play, with plenty of chances for teams to drastically look different by the actual beginning of his free agency.
Combining two superstars in the prime in their career is a recipe for success in many sports, just look at the Golden State Warriors (who actually have five). It’s a little difficult to say where he’ll go, but don’t doubt Philadelphia will be hot in the running. The opportunity to team up with Harper may be too enticing to pass up in 2021, we’ll just have to wait and see what Trout decides.