- May 19, 2009
If there were chances for the Phils to get out of it if Harper sucks.... then it wouldn't be a big deal.... Like if they had made it where.... The Phils could opt out after say Years 5, 8 & 11 or something.... so incase Harper does well the first 5 years... but then years 6-8 he barely hits .250, barely hits 20-25 homers a year, strikes out 150+ times, and ends up on the DL a lot.Yeah... I hear ya but just don't know.
If he plays "well" over 13 years, you have to imagine that the contracts 5-10 years from now might make this look like a good deal.
And if you're a fan who for whatever reason never saw a Series win, I can understand needing a certain number of rings. But if you are entertained for 13 years and Harper plays well, then I think there is some degree of "worth" in that contract.
I haven't thought it all out fully, and I'm suffering a cold so my mind isn't 100% clear this morning anyway, but the older I get the more I appreciate just having a good team that's in contention throughout the season to keep me entertained. If 13 years/$330 M means that my team is still around in August and September for the next decade plus, then I think that contract is "worth it" to me, even if we don't dance on the field at the very end.
I'm curious now to see if we can sign Goldschmidt to an extension!
Right now they have no ways of getting out of it, if something goes bad. Ask @Mike T how he feels about Bobby Bonilla.... who they are still paying & will be paying 4 years after this Harper deal ends.