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ESPN Staff Writer
Previously covered Florida State for Orlando Sentinel and Georgia Tech for Macon Telegraph
Northwestern University graduate
ESPN Senior Writer
Eddie Matz covers the Washington Nationals and the world of Major League Baseball for ESPN.com. He’s been writing for ESPN since 2002, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper enters a rare two-game set against the visiting New York Yankees with just a .236 batting average — but he leads the majors in both home runs (13) and walks (41).
Will Harper, a free agent after this season, become baseball’s first $400 million man? If so, he’ll likely need to get as many big-market clubs to bid for him as possible. The Bombers have long been considered among his primary suitors, but with the offseason addition of Giancarlo Stanton, they have a crowded outfield — and there’s more help down on the farm. Still, Harper idolizes Mickey Mantle, and this could be a chance to roam center field at Yankee Stadium as the Hall of Famer once did.
Our Yankees and Nats beat writers, Coley Harvey and Eddie Matz, respectively, share their odds of a Bryce-Bronx marriage this winter. Read their takes, then take our poll below.
Coley Harvey: Bryce Harper might very well be a New York Yankee one day, but that day — for now — doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon.
Harper has long dreamed of patrolling the Yankees’ outfield, and his bat, glove and arm could be a welcome addition. At present, though, there’s an outfield logjam that includes the likes of fellow corner-outfield sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, in addition to players down on the farm. The organization has been grooming Clint Frazier (called up before Tuesday’s game) and Estevan Florial in center, a position Harper might have to move to in New York. Florial, in fact, has been viewed internally as one of the Yankees’ next breakout stars, albeit possibly another year or two away.
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The cost of signing Harper is another consideration the Yankees will have to make. Such a signing will come just before New York begins truly considering how and if it’ll start paying for the likes of Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino, young stars who …read more