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Brand New Philadelphia Phillie Bryce Harper caught everyone’s attention when he told reporters he was planning to call Angels superstar Mike Trout to recruit him to Philadelphia when Trout’s contract expires in 2020 According to the Los Angeles Times the angels were not so happy with this and have reached the league to lose Harper for manipulation:
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a text message to LA times that he is aware of the comments and, “We have had contact with MLB and we have no further comment right now.”
Brazen, public manipulation is best when it forces pro sports sexes to turn into sensitive weenies, but you can’t really blame Eppler for feeling threatened by Harper and Phillies. They are a team that currently boasts what many others in baseball do not have: a collection of good young players, a new-born young superstar and a willingness to spend large sums of money on their list.
On the other hand, the angels have a recovery of Shohei Ohtani, the corpse of Albert Pujols and a four-year-old playof tow to attract the ancestors to stay. Harper may not need to be on the phone too far until 2020.