The notion that the Cardinals' lack of firsthand knowledge about Harper gives them caution about pursuing him only makes sense if you add the ending.
The Cardinals' lack of firsthand knowledge about Harper gives them caution about pursuing him -- at the current price point.
If Harper was willing to drop his contract requests, that lack of familiarity would not be as big of a deal, right?
The Cardinals felt they had good info on Ozuna because they shared spring training facilities, and how did that turn out? He had a bum shoulder they underestimated.
The Cardinals don't seem to be convinced the juice is worth the squeeze when it comes to Harper.
His spikes and dips in performance likely aid that opinion.
He's not the definition of consistency. I'll admit that, and I like the player.
This is about, more than anything, the contract for the player.
I've said it before, but I'll repeat it here. Harper would be a DeWitt Jr. call. And I don't see it happening after Goldschmidt.