Maybe you feel that way because people focused on how he was underperforming and not how he was acting.
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I just hadn't really heard too much out of him outside the Papelbon fight, and even then I feel like that was much more Papelbon than Harper.
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Jeff Sullivan at FG asks: Who do you pick to have a better year, Manny Machado or Bryce Harper? It's an interesting match-up, because they're about the same age, and have about the same career WAR total, but Manny has put up several consistently excellent seasons, while Harper has put up one season for the ages, but has been much less impressive the rest of the time.
I think Matt Williams put it out there last year that Harper was hurting. I don't have a source, I just remember reading that. Harper has really only been healthy for two seasons in his career, so his health is far from a guarantee.
Still early, but Harper so far is looking a lot more like 2015 than 2016. Hit his 7th HR and 6th 2B today. At this point, leads the majors in BA, OBP and OPS. Tied for first in RBI, and second in runs. Given the recent power spike in baseball, and the quality of the lineup surrounding Harper, he could put up some awesome traditional stats this season.
If he has another year like 2015, the bidding for him when he becomes available will be insane.
Mr. April: Per wRC+, Harper has had only one poor April in five seasons, in 2014, and even then he was no worse in that month than in the rest of the season. His MVP season of 2015 has so far been the only one in which he hit better after April, but he was still very good in that first month, well above his career value and certainly in elite territory.
Code:Year April Rest of Season 2013 216 115 2014 115 115 2015 162 204 2016 179 100 2017 259
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There's talk of Harper getting a $400 million contract.
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Edit: OK, I checked, you're right, he becomes a FA after 2018. Presumably 2012 doesn't count as a full year of service, because he missed the first several weeks of the season. But I don't get why Trout is a year ahead of him, because Trout missed essentially the same length of time.
In any case, if he has another season this year anything like two years ago, he may well get more than $35 million a year. That is about 4 WAR by current or projected standards, and in 2015, Harper put up 10 WAR. I could easily see him getting half a billion for ten years, given that he would be expected to be still highly productive at the end of that ten year period. Remember, the typical mega-contract begins when a player is in his late 20s, or even later, and the team assumes that they're only going to get the benefit of great production for the first few years. In Harper's case, he would be expected to be still close to his peak through most of the ten years. If he gets a longer contract, it would be worth even more.
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Harper was healthy last April too. He obviously is super talented but he also already had a big injury history just like stanton. Hopefully he can stay healthy longer but I'm always a bit concerned about him.
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