Bryce Harper has made no secret of the fact that he’s going to try to bring Mike Trout to Philadelphia when the time comes.
The new Philadelphia Phillies outfielder finds it pretty simple to explain why. In his mind, it’s a natural fit for Trout to return to his hometown which he loves so much.
“I want to respect the fact that he has two more years with the Angels, but everybody knows he’s from there, he loves it there, so if he comes to Philly, it wouldn’t be a surprise,” Harper told Tim Keown of ESPN. “I’d be more than happy to open my arms and say, ‘Heck yeah — come to Philly.'”
Harper has made clear that he’s not impressed by tampering charges. He wants Trout as his teammate and he doesn’t care who knows it, and it’s not going to stop him from saying things like this.
Bryce Harper is facing a potential fine from Major League Baseball for the comments he made this week about wanting Mike Trout to join him in Philadelphia, but the star outfielder has given no indication that he plans to apologize.
Harper was asked on Wednesday about the reports that the Los Angeles Angels have contacted MLB to determine if he tampered by admitting he plans to recruit Trout. Harper said he spoke with the team about the situation, but not the league. He also essentially reiterated what he said about Trout.
Bryce Harper talked today about MLB looking into his comments about Mike Trout. pic.twitter.com/B203gxezu0
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) March 6, 2019
“They talked to me a little bit — not MLB or anything like that,” Harper said. “When that time comes and the guy’s a free agent, we’ll see what happens. … If I didn’t mean it I wouldn’t have said it.”
Harper said during a radio interview on Tuesday that people would be “crazy” to think he is not going to try to get Trout to sign with the Phillies if the Angels star becomes a free agent following the 2020 season. He also hinted during his introductory press conference last weekend that he plans to recruit Trout.
While Harper could potentially face a fine from MLB, the disciplinary action probably won’t be anything too harsh. It’s no surprise that a guy who just signed a $330 million contract does not seem all that concerned.
The Los Angeles Angels are not pleased about Bryce Harper openly saying he is planning to recruit Mike Trout to join him in Philadelphia, and the newest member of the Phillies could face disciplinary action from Major League Baseball over the remarks.
During a radio interview on Tuesday, Harper boldly stated that people would be “crazy” to think he is not going to recruit Trout to Philly if the Angels star becomes a free agent following the 2020 season. The Angels have contacted MLB about a tampering grievance, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Harper could be fined.
Bryce Harper could be fined for using Mike Trout's name publicly. The lesson learned here: If you're going to recruit a player, it's safest not to use him name. Either way, the expectation is that there will be no significant discipline levied.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 6, 2019
MLB rules state that players cannot entice other players to join their team while they are still under contract, and you can understand why the Angels don’t want anyone trying to influence their biggest star. Harper also implied during his introductory press conference with the Phillies last weekend that he plans to recruit Trout.
Trout is under contract with the Angels for two more seasons, and they are hoping to re-sign him. However, they may need to build a contender to convince him to stick around, and it’s worth noting that Trout’s hometown of Millville, New Jersey, is located about an hour outside of Philadelphia.
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.
Bryce Harper is going to make Phillies fans go wild over his latest comments.
During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper implied he would be recruiting Mike Trout to join him on the Phillies. During an interview on Sports Radio 94 WIP Tuesday, Harper bluntly stated that he will be recruiting Trout.
Bryce Harper: "If you don't think I'm gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you're crazy."
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) March 5, 2019
Harper said that he talked with Trout throughout his free agency process to get the Angels star’s thoughts on Philadelphia. Trout is from nearby Millville, New Jersey and grew up (and remains) a fan of Philly sports teams.
Harper emphasized that signing a 13-year deal with the Phillies and not having opt-outs will show potential free agents how committed he is to the team, which could make it easier to sell the franchise as a desirable spot for winning.
Trout is under contract for two more seasons with the Angels. He recently commented on his feelings about contract extension talks with the Anaheim club.
- Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper has some grand visions of the talent he’s going to recruit to play with him on the Philadelphia Phillies.
During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper discussed how he hoped his salary would be low enough to ensure that the organization could recruit other top talent to the organization — including one player whose contract is up in two years.
Bryce Harper on his own talking Mike Trout
“I making 26 (million) a year. That’s going to be able to bring some other guys in as well to build up this organization. There’s another guy in about two years that comes off the books. We’ll see what happens with that”
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 2, 2019
Harper is alluding to Mike Trout, who will become a free agent after the 2020 season on his current deal. Talk about Trout’s contract situation with the Los Angeles Angels has already escalated since Harper’s signing amid chatter that the Phillies might have some money left in the bank to bring in a star of Trout’s caliber.
Trout is from the Philadelphia area and the prospect of him and Harper playing together is tantalizing. It’s far too soon to be a realistic proposition, but Harper seems ready and willing to recruit when the time comes. He was, after all, the one who brought it up unprompted.
Mike Trout said Friday that he is more focused on spring training and the upcoming season than any potential contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean the star outfielder is ruling out signing an extension before next year.
Trout told reporters that he would prefer not to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season, which led many to conclude that next offseason is the Angels’ only chance to sign him to a new deal before he hits free agency following the 2020 season.
Mike Trout said he does not want to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season over the next two seasons before his contract expires. That means that, if the Angels were to extend him before he hits free agency, that would come next offseason.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 1, 2019
However, Trout later clarified that he was not trying to place parameters on any potential discussions with the team.
To clarify this: Trout ideally doesn’t want to concentrate on a contract extension while he’s playing. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it’s not his preference. His pre-arb extension in 2014 was signed during spring training (3/28/14).
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 1, 2019
Trout also said he “didn’t mean that” when asked if he is opposed to working out a new deal during spring training or the season.
“It’s spring training,” Trout said, via Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. “You try to get ready for the season. You don’t worry about anything else. That’s the mindset right now.”
Judging by what Angels owner Arte Moreno said recently, Trout hasn’t had to worry about any of that yet. Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies likely sets the market for Trout, and it will be interesting to see if the Angels are willing to make that type of commitment to the perennial MVP candidate.