Bryce Harper Is Still Going To Be A Yankee, Along With Clayton Kershaw
By Cam GiangrandeI have Aaron Boone’s 2019 OPENING DAY LINEUP CARD:SS Didi GregoriousCF Bryce HarperLF Giancarlo Stanton3B Mike MoustakasRF Aaron JudgeC Gary Sanchez1B Greg BirdDH Clint Frazier2B Gleyber TorresSP Clayton KershawFrom the moment Giancarlo Stanton was traded to the Yankees, every analyst has been putting together mock lineups for opening day, 2018…so I decided to go one step further and see what’s in store for The Yankees in 2019.I jumped into my DeLorean, and hit the gas until the speedometer cracked 88 mph. The immediate reaction to Stanton’s signing was what would happen to Bryce Harper when his time came to enter free agency at the end of the 2018 season. EVERYONE had him going to The Bronx; it was the natural fit. He grew up idolizing the Pinstripes, and with their short porch and deep pockets, he couldn’t go anywhere else. Acquiring Stanton would surely throw a monkey wrench into that equation.NOPE!How could they afford him? Actually, it’s fairly easy if you understand simple math. Even with Stanton on the payroll, the Yankees total financial obligation entering the 2019 season was only 88 MILLION DOLLARS before the Chase Headley trade, including their young nucleus of Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Torres, (Clint) Frazier, Luis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery. It also includes other young players who are still under team control, with arbitration eligible contracts, including Gregorius, Sonny Gray, Dellin Betances, and Aaron Hicks. They actually have much more coming off their books at the end of the 2018 season, with Dave Robertson, and Brett Gardner all entering the last year of their contracts.
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