Report: ‘Top’ National League exec calls Bryce Harper a ‘losing player’
A “top National League executive” had the hottest of hot takes in a recent text message exchange with FRS Network’s Robert Murray in which the anonymous individual referred to Bryce Harper as a “losing player” and “simply overrated.”
The Washington Nationals superstar slugger of course will hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 MLB season and there will be no shortage of suitors willing to pay upwards of $400 million, if not more, to secure his services.
It would appear this anonymous NL exec does not think Harper is worth anywhere close to that kind of record-breaking money.
Murray writes in his report that after recently stating his opinion of Harper’s worth that he received a series of texts from said unnamed exec in which the arguably dubious assessment of the superstar was laid out (by way of Yahoo Sports):
Text one: “He’s simply overrated. The good ain’t worth the bad. He’s a losing player. Cares about himself more than the team. If I was in charge and had money, my team would not pursue him. We would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players.”
Text two: “He’s a losing player. I would not sign him. I would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players.”
Text three: “If he gets more than 10-years, $300 million, I’d be surprised. I would not give him 10 years period and certainly not at that AAV. He’s just not worth it. He’s a selfish, losing player.”
It’s obviously easy to make these kind of harsh statements under the veil of anonymity. It goes without saying there is not one executive currently in the employ of an MLB team that would attach their name to such a condemnatory series of statements.
The question is what would motivate this unidentified executive to espouse such vitriolic take-down of one of baseball’s biggest stars, whom most people hail as one of the best ballplayers in the game? While that presumably will never be known, it goes without saying one anonymous executive’s inflammatory remarks on Harper will not prevent countless teams from going hard after the 25-year-old in free agency.