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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Angels reportedly contact MLB about Bryce Harper tampering with Trout

Mike Trout

The Los Angeles Angels have contacted MLB about a tampering grievance involving Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, according to a report.

Ever since signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper has made clear his intentions to recruit Trout. During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper implied he would recruit Trout when the time came.

Then during a radio interview on Tuesday, Harper stated clearly that he would be recruiting Trout in 2020.

That’s a problem for the Angels, who have Trout under contract for two more seasons and are aiming to re-sign him.

MLB rules state that players cannot entice other players to join their team while they are still under contract. The Angels don’t want Harper or anyone else messing with their star player’s head and making him think it would be better to play elsewhere.

Of course, the easiest way for the Angels to combat this would be to convince Trout to re-sign by winning. Still, MLB can take a stand here with some sort of discipline for Harper.

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