Bryce Harper’s Massive Deal Horrible For The Indians

When the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, 330 million dollar deal, I wasn’t surprised. This record deal is going to a player that hit 34 HR and 100 RBI last year, including 130 walks.

It was only a matter of time.

Bryce Harper is going to be a very rich man.

The money these baseball players are getting is crazy and the fact that there is not a salary cap is bad for small market teams like the Cleveland Indians. While it is Carlos Santana, back with the Tribe, that can make up to 20 mil this year (with bonuses), the guy on everyone’s mind is SS Francisco Lindor.

He is our star.

Lindor, battling a calf injury to start this year, reportedly declined a contract worth 100 million dollars, which goes to show just how much he values himself, as he should. If Harper can get 330 mil, Lindor can get something in that range as well when his contract is up in three years. The Indians have to cough up arbitration, but it is nothing compared to what a long-term deal will be.

This year, Lindor makes 10.55 mil. Last year, he hit .277 with 38 HR and 92 RBI. Also, he is amazing at shortstop, too.

Today on Twitter, I said trade Lindor now and get a haul in return to the chagrin of many other fans. Yes, it was a bold statement, but is it wrong? Sure, the Indians will make the playoffs this year, but they most likely won’t contend for the title.

Eventually, they will have to trade Lindor because they cannot afford him. Just like so many players in the past. CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, amongst others, bolted for more money. Can you blame them? I cannot and would do the same thing.

This contract certainly opened Lindor’s eyes.

If I were him, that is what I would go for in a few years. No way in hell the Indians pay that sum. Thus, get rid of him now when he is of the most value because of the time remaining on his current contract and start the inevitable rebuild a bit early with more talented and young players for a future of contending.

The back-end of these contracts are never of value and I am not sure this is healthy for the MLB, especially for teams like Cleveland that can never afford to keep its players. However, they must make do with the way the league is run.

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