As free agency continues to drag on, it seems like more and more teams are bowing out with the price tags on the remaining big names believed to be dropping.
With this type of climate in the market, this is the perfect time for the New York Yankees to go full Evil Empire and snatch up Bryce Harper on a big money, short-term contract.
I also still think the Yankees should sign Bryce Harper.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) January 7, 2019
While the Bronx Bombers do have an embarrassment of outfield riches in Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks,
While the contract would certainly cost the team around $30 million a year for the next season or two, the most valuable baseball team in the league has more than enough funds to endure the slap on the wrist that is the MLB's competitive balance tax, which would not be expensive after their first-time offense (they were not taxed this past season).
These are the competitive balance tax brackets as defined by the CBA. Going over in three consecutive seasons results in a draft pick being moved back ten spaces. If there are other penalties, they are so "inside baseball" that they're not listed in the CBA. pic.twitter.com/4ctuX6BU4h— Ginny Searle (@ginnysearle) January 27, 2019
Adding Harper to a 100-win team gives both parties their best chance of winning a World Series that they've had in years, and would probably teach the league a lesson about waiting too long to sign the top free agents.
It's understandable that the Yankees don't want to get tied up in another massive 10-plus-year deal, but there's no reason they shouldn't make a short-term offer with a high average annual salary to one of the best players in baseball.