reportedly received the contract in baseball history Thursday, and although wanted him on the , he’s ready to compete against his longtime friend.
“I’m happy for Bryce,” Bryant toldon Friday. “I would have loved to have played with him. But it didn’t work out. Now we just have to beat him.”
According to reports, the team tried to clear payroll for Harper in December in an attempt to unite the 2015 National League MVP with Bryant – the 2016 recipient of the award.
Now that the dust has settled, Bryant isn’t surprised at Harper’s decision to join theafter reportedly agreeing to a monster 13-year, $330-million deal.
“I think we all saw it coming. I’m super pumped for him. He’s got some cool guys over there,” Bryant said to. “Our old hitting coach. I know he’ll love him. I’ll let him know all about Males (John Mallee).”
The Cubs finished 95-68 in 2018 despite Bryant playing in only 102 games due to shoulder issues. The Phillies went 80-82 but are now considered by many as the favorites in the NL East after a busy winter filled with impact additions.
Philadelphia also added outfielderand reliever via free agency, while trading for a pair of All-Stars in catcher and shortstop .
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