You knew it was coming. We all did. Whenever a player seems to be a superstar in the making, there will be speculation that the player will end up with the New York Yankees. And don’t let that player’s current contract be a year or two away from being up. The speculation would be hot and heavy.
But starting the speculation train for a player that is signed through the 2017-2018 seems a bit much to us. And probably you too. But that’s not stopping ESPN New York from not only speculating that Harper will end up with the Yankees, but also making the case why it “might even be inevitable.”
By November, 2018, The Decision could be in the hands of Bryce Aron Max Harper. At that time, Harper will just have turned 26 … and he may be the undisputed king of baseball.
The Yankees will no longer have the contracts of Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter or Mark Teixeira. There will likely be new big names with big deals that take their place, but surely they will find enough money to pay Harper, if he wants to come.
And he might want to come. During last year’s post-season, the 19-year-old got caught on Twitter rooting for the Yankees. Still rooting for the Yankees, that is.
He grew up — is growing up? — a Yankees fan and still considers them his second favorite team. At least, publicly, he has them behind the Nationals.
So if Harper is the LeBron James of baseball, the drumbeat is just going to grow. After all, he wears 34 because it adds up to Mickey Mantle’s 7. Eventually, Harper may just take his talents to the Bronx.
It might even be inevitable.
Who knows? This may just happen. But speculating about something that is more than 5 years away just seems like a fruitless exercise to us.
But what do we know?