As baseball fans counted down the days until Spring Training, they also counted down the days until Manny Machado and Bryce Harper signed with a club. Every day you would see a new tweet or article about where the powerhouses would go, which teams were the favorites and for how much they would sign for.
Social media was blowing up every day about the latest rumors and happenings about free agency. With that being said, the winter dragged on as nothing really happened. It was the same news every day, as analysts and reporters scraped the barrel for any news. Don’t worry, fans don’t have to face that until next off-season.
Next off-season will be crazy as well. Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Stephen Strasburg among others will all become free agents unless they opt to sign before hitting the free agent market.
Entering the 2021 season, Mike Trout will become a free agent for the first time in his career. If he opts to sign a new contract with the Los Angeles Angels, all of the chaos like we experienced this season will be minimalized. However, if Trout decides to test the market, chaos will ensue.
Trout already has a home when he becomes a free agent, however. And it isn’t in LA. While the Angels have already dropped a heavy contract offer in front of Trout, newly-signed member of the Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper will look to persuade Trout to join him in Philadelphia.
It’s no secret how much Trout loves Philly. He is a lifelong Phillies fan and has been seen supporting the Eagles and 76ers. Trout was born in Vineland, New Jersey, which is a 51-minute drive on the NJ-55 N.
When asked about Trout’s impending free agency, Harper was adamant that he would try and recruit Tour to Philly. “If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy,” Harper said on Tuesday.
Imagine an outfield that consists of Trout in Center and Harper in Right Field? Trout must have the thought of signing with his favorite team in the back of his mind constantly.
Trout said that he rarely goes a day without being asked when he’ll sign with Philadelphia. The seed has been planted, we’ll just have to wait and see what becomes of Trout’s free agency.