LAS VEGAS — Understatement of the offseason: A Bryce Harper signing can be huge for the White Sox.
How huge? Easily the most important story on the South Aspect since their World Collection championship in 2005, that’s all.
A Harper signing would deliver a legit celebrity to Chicago, legitimize their brand and revive the Sox’ degree of lacking relevancy in a sports activities town dominated by the Bears and Cubs, it might give their present rebuild not a finishing piece however a centerpiece and face for a franchise that proper now has solely a promising future with coming talent to face on.
Harper’s left-handed bat in the midst of the lineup alone wouldn’t flip the Sox into contenders for 2019 however, with Eloy Jimenez coming, would definitely make them better for the brief time period. But for the long term, with extra prospects like Luis Robert coming, it’s possible to see the Sox contending for years to return.
That’s the plan, anyway.
Harper, his agent Scott Boras stated on the winter conferences Wednesday, has a savvy business sense and knows what the Sox farm system appears like. He needs to play for a winner that may contend for championships (plural). And he needs to be a face of a franchise, to advance his identify and model.
Working in the Sox’ favor, Harper, who is considering the Sox and numerous different groups, wouldn’t be overly concerned that the Sox aren’t ready to win in 2019. That’s because he is aware of they need to be shortly after.
“If you’re signing a long term contract, you’re taking a look at a franchise in the long run, not simply the brief term,’’ Boras stated.
That was certainly one of a number of things Boras stated to keep the Sox’ hopes simmering. One national analyst, former basic manager Jim Bowden of CBS Sports, referred to as the Sox the favorites for Harper late Thursday afternoon, stirring the pot.
Boras stated Harper has met with each group they need to by now (the Sox’ first assembly was Nov. 19) and negotiations are underneath approach. Whereas Boras and Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf have had a less than nice relationship through the years, Carlos Rodon is a Boras shopper, and Boras stated he “loves speaking” to Reinsdorf.
“He’s a very educated baseball individual,’’ Boras stated. “He’s been a historic determine in the recreation and somebody I take pleasure in speaking to on a regular basis.”
Boras stated his discussions with Reinsdorf have all the time been respectful, “and we’ve got good baseball conversations. It’s good to speak to a really regular guy, and Jerry’s very much that about baseball.’’
Despite his status as a labor hawk and one who has stood for monetary restraint, Reinsdorf shocked the baseball world when he signed Albert Belle to a $55 million contract in 1996. The most important deal he has labored for a Sox participant since was $sixty eight…