Guys, I have been on Harper since day one.
You all know this.
It's been discussed here and in everything I've written about Harper.
I like Harper. Would love if the Cardinals went over the top and got him.
But I'm rooted in reality, and I don't think they will unless something drastically changes.
You don't have to convince me on the plus-side of Harper.
I'm with you.
I'm also aware of the risk, and how a free agent (Stanton was basically one) who looks like he can do no wrong can look different one year later. Yes, Stanton had a very good year last year. But he didn't have the MVP year he had in Miami last season. He also had some leg issues that raised concerns. He nearly led all of baseball in strikeouts. Folks who cover the Yankees are wondering how this is going to age.
It was chapter one for Stanton in New York. Where the story goes, who knows. But my point was, there is a chance any star free agent, Harper included, could wind up not living up to the massive contract. That is often forget at this point of the year. And I write that from the pro-Harper camp.
Imagine saying Pujols wasn't worth that much money back then.
It would have been scoffed at by most fans.
It also would have been right.