How Serious are the Dodgers About Harper?
There was plenty of buzz generated earlier in the week when it was reported that Magic Johnson went with Dodger brass to visit Bryce Harper and try to recruit him to LA. While Magic has denied going on the recruitment trip, the Dodgers did meet with Harper and are most likely going to meet with his agent Scott Boras once again in Las Vegas. The main question is how serious are the Dodgers about Harper?
The Dodgers have not been a team willing to shell out giant long-term commitments like the one that Bryce Harper is going to command during the Andrew Friedman era but there have not been many free agents who could one day end up in Cooperstown during the Friedman era either. Los Angeles is about star power, the Lakers got LeBron and even the neighbors down south have Mike Trout.
While the Dodgers have plenty of young emerging stars, none of them are megastars like Bryce Harper. For a team trying to get over the World Series hump, Harper is exactly the type of player that would give the Dodgers’ lineup the type of power needed to compete with the loaded lineups of the American League. While Harper may not sign by the end of the meetings, it should be clear by the end of them just how serious the Dodgers are about Bryce Harper.