Could we be seeing the dawn of a super-team era in the MLB?
On Wednesday, ESPN's Buster Olney said on the "Baseball Tonight" podcast that it would not surprise him at all if Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant signed with the Phillies -- who are still toasting the acquisitions of Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto -- in the not-so-distant future.
"It would not surprise me at all to see Kris Bryant end up with the Phillies. He's friends with Bryce Harper. He's represented by Scott Boras. You can see a long-term hole at 3B in Philly."— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) March 20, 2019
As Olney notes, Harper and Bryant are not only friends, but share the same agent in Scott Boras. Boras just netted Harper a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia, and ought to be working like mad to nab his other star client a lucrative long-term deal as well.
With two more years of arbitration eligibility beyond 2019, Bryant isn't up for free agency until 2022, his age 30 season.
The Phillies could have an opening at the hot corner, as Maikel Franco is not exactly living up to the lofty expectations that Philadelphia once had for him. Bryant, a two-time All-Star and former NL MVP, is coming off of an injury-plagued 2018, but has proven to be one of the league's best overall players when he's at 100 percent.
A star-pairing of Harper and Bryant could spark the type of arms race we have seen in the NBA in recent years, where stars team with a club of their choice in big-time moves that are seemingly planned out a year or more in advance. Get strapped in, folks