Earlier this month, the Bryce Harper saga reached it's most welcoming conclusion, as the All-Star outfielder signed a massive 13-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the late start to Spring Training, Harper is progressing in terms of playing time.
He did so on Wednesday night against the New York Yankees. Speaking of the Bronx Bombers, many speculated they would make a late push to sign him.
Harper addressed those rumors, telling the media that although he was a Yankees fan growing up, he was never contacted by the team, and he wasn't necessarily surprised.
Bryce Harper said he's excited to be in Philly, and that he never heard from the Yankees:— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 14, 2019
"I know the kind of outfield they have. They went out and got Stanton in that trade. Never heard from them, but everybody knew that growing up I was a huge Yankees fan."
As Harper stresses, he knew that New York's outfield was essentially set ever since they acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins last offseason. Add Stanton with Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, and you've got yourself a loaded outfield.
Despite that, rumors still flowed rampantly, with Judge saying he would be willing to move to first base to allow Harper to play right field. Not only that, but Harper's agent Scott Boras hinted that his client would happily play at first.
This is a new Yankees organization. Gone are the days where they will load up their roster with big name free agents. They are building from within, and obviously had no interest in signing Harper this winter.
It's all good for Harper, as he has 330 million reasons why he is happy to be with Philadelphia.