St. Louis plans to “discover” the marketplace for star free agent outfielder Bryce Harper and “see how they match,” in line with a report from the St. Louis Submit-Dispatch, which cites unidentified league sources.
The Cardinals, who’ve missed the playoffs three straight seasons, are “sending alerts they’re out to be a participant” in free company, the report says.
“Do I agree that we’d like some stage of elite expertise to compete on the highest stage? Yeah, I’d settle for that,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak mentioned. “In an ideal world, you’re growing that. However we have now not been capable of. A part of that’s the place we (draft). … Do I feel there’s alternative right here? Sure.
“We perceive that there’s a chance on this market … and we have now to be open-minded to see the place that takes us.”
The 26-year-old Harper slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 residence runs and 100 RBIs in 159 video games with the Nationals in 2018.
Harper has spent all seven of his MLB seasons with the Nationals. He’s a six-time All-Star and gained the MVP award in 2015.