While you were sleeping, the Los Angeles Dodgers may have jumped back into the wild mix for free agent Bryce Harper. Now, a little wrinkle on the story develops further. However small coincidence it may seem – a Brinks truck was spotted at the Dodgers facilities.
Of course, this is just hours after the Dodgers contingency (including manager Dave Roberts) met with Harper in Las Vegas. Still – with all things – this may just end up serving as a small memory of humor. Or it could be something more. Pedro Gomez of ESPN has a video of the occurrence.
Sometimes real life is simply too much. This just happened at the Dodgers spring facility. pic.twitter.com/cBk8sbygfC
— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) February 25, 2019
First, let’s look at what shook out after the meeting with Harper.
Tweets Following The Dodgers Meeting With Bryce Harper in Las Vegas:
#Dodgers Dave Roberts on chances of signing Bryce Harper after meeting: "I'm not too hopeful or anything. It's just something that's — it's just talk. It's just conversation."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 25, 2019
Dave Roberts on the Dodgers’ meeting with Bryce Harper: “It was good. Just trying to get to know each other.” He declined to give any more specifics.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) February 25, 2019
Dave Roberts, addressing Bryce Harper, said the club is always trying to get better, said the meeting was good, trying to get to know each other, with the vetting process making sense.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 25, 2019
Looking at things in a logistic nature – why would manager Dave Roberts fly out of spring training after a long Sunday game for nothing? Certainly, there could be more to this than meets the eye. That is to say – if you believe this was just a ‘casual’ meeting of getting to know Harper better. After all, Roberts could do that on the telephone.
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It seems more likely that an in-person meeting serves as a buffer of ‘if’ scenarios. The Dodgers and their manager could be asking Bryce ‘if we sign you to this deal, are you okay hitting in the ___ spot in the lineup?’.
Moreover, if you’re excited about this recent development; it’s okay to be. Without question, I am one of those people. And suddenly the Dodgers without Harper just seem a little vanilla to me. I am hoping the Dodgers offer Harper a long-term deal with an opt out after say; five years, if certain numbers aren’t met.
Let’s get this done, and put it to rest! What say you, Dodgers Nation?