May 19, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) signals to the crowd after hitting a home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Just a few weeks ago, as the Washington Nationals were busy completing a two game sweep of the New York Yankees, the New York Times ran an article about the Nats biggest star, wondering if he might one day be destined to don the pinstripes of the Bronx Bombers.
While the answer to that question is a long way off – Harper isn’t scheduled to hit free agency until after the 2018 season – it’s a question that was bound to be raised sooner or later. After all, Bryce Harper is as big a name as any out there, and when it comes to players of Harper’s ilk, there’s almost always some line drawn in the media connecting them to the Evil Empire. The Yankees are the sort of team that, when it comes to acquiring talent, money is no object. No matter the situation, when a big name free agent is on the market, the Yankees are one of the teams that are mentioned the most as a viable suitor.
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But just how plausible is this hypothetical situation? Is this just a hypothetical drawn up by the New York media to stir up a little hope for the future? Or does D.C. really have something to fear concerning its biggest star?
With the Washington Nationals visiting Yankee Stadium for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday, let’s revisit this subject and take a look at the factors that could lead Harper from the Nation’s Capital to the Big Apple:
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