Why Yankees should absolutely still offer Bryce Harper record deal
New Jersey Local | 6 days ago

It's easy to get complacent, Yankees fans.

The current team is loaded, ready to win now and set up for a bright future. When Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hits free agency after the season, the Yankees could choose to ignore his talent, swing tailor-made for the Bronx and connection to the franchise. Few would blame the Yankees to invest in, say, a starting pitcher over another slugger.

But it would be the wrong move.

Here's why the the Yankees should find a way to squeeze Harper into the 2019 plans in the form of a record contract.

All-time great: Entering play vs. the Yankees on Tuesday, Harper led the National League with 13 home runs. In his career, the left-handed slugger has hit 163 homers. If Harper hits 27 more through the end of the season (a pretty decent bet, health permitting), he'll end his age-25 season in the top-10 ever among players that young. We're talking about a group that included Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle, Albert Pujols and Frank Robinson.

Excellent investment: Speaking of Rodriguez, the ex-Yankee star is a reason to feel good about a potential big-money deal with Harper. Yes, feel good. While the end of Rodriguez's career in pinstripes was ugly, the team is at fault for that. The 10-year deal signed after the 2007 season turned bad.

But don't forget about the A-Rod contract that will mirror Harper's: The 10-year, $252M deal signed with the Rangers after the 2000 season. Rodriguez was the same age then as Harper is now. Here's what his next 10 seasons looked like, seven of which were spent in the Bronx: 150 OPS+, 424 home runs and three AL MVPs.

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