The New York Mets made a huge mistake by not giving Bryce Harper an offer and letting him land with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Harper is a career .279 hitter with 184 home runs and 521 RBI at the young age of 25. He is also a six-time All-Star, 2012 rookie of the year, and the 2015 MVP.
The list of accomplishments is very long, especially for a player who has only been in the majors for seven years, meaning that he still has a lot of baseball left to play.
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A move like this would’ve easily made the Amazins a better team, adding a player who’s only missed the All-Star Game once in his career, and could’ve pushed them over the top to a perineal World Series contender. Instead, they have to face off against Harper as a division rival every year for the next 13 years.
All the front office had to do was offer more money or more years to Harper and they would’ve gotten him, considering he reportedly said multiple good things about New York, including telling a reporter that he liked their Mets hat, and he also reportedly got an apartment in Long Island City, where multiple Mets players also call home.
Harper would have been more than willing to help bring a championship to Queens, but the Wilpons were too cheap to give Harper an offer he couldn’t refuse and he wound up going to the Phillies.
Now, this is a team with very little firepower offensively that are stuck in a division full of it, with Ronald Acuña’s Braves and now Harper’s Phillies looking like the perineal contenders in the NL East.
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Both Conforto and Nimmo are coming off of productive seasons, but nothing close to what Harper could possibly bring to the Mets. Harper would’ve been a dynamic piece to the outfield, and with Cespedes having injury problems, it’s something they desperately need.