Another day brings more Bryce Harper talk from baseball pundits. This time around, it’s Eduardo Perez and Steve Phillips discussing the Dodgers being better off without Harper. The harsh reality is beginning to hit that the marquee free-agent will end up elsewhere.
Equally important – I get to include Cody Bellinger in the post. It’s fun to write about Bellinger because he’s one of those rare players where the sky is the limit.
In this case, Phillips was on MLB Network Radio to say why the Dodgers will be just fine as they are.
The #Dodgers do not need to add Bryce Harper.
They are set with Cody Bellinger. pic.twitter.com/b26TV8MJo3
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 29, 2019
Phillips says that the ‘Dodgers need to stop the nonsense of platooning Bellinger’. However, Phillips hasn’t researched the current narrative and goal that Los Angeles intends on carrying out.
Dave Roberts said the goal is to have Cody Bellinger in the starting lineup everyday in 2019. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) December 12, 2018
Phillips continued staunchly in his support of allowing Bellinger to learn on the fly.
I put him out there every day, let him figure it out. How long do I give him? I give him the next five years!
I like it, and the 2019 season will certainly be a season in which the Dodgers hitch their current and long-term future to the Bellinger train.
Moreover, Perez and Phillips seem to agree that Harper’s left-handedness makes a player like A.J. Pollock a better overall fit. The pair discussed the fact that opposing teams purposely lined up their rotation to have their southpaw starters face the Dodgers in 2018.
Because of this, the Dodgers are probably better off without Harper and his hefty price tag. Hopefully, Bellinger proves to be worth the same or better win-share at a fraction of the cost. While the duo errantly state that the Dodgers are projected to win 100 games – they’re going to find their way to 90-plus in all likelihood.
Someday, we will look back on this chapter and be glad it didn’t go down with Harper in Dodger Blue.
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