It Sure Sounds Like Gabe Kapler Wants Bryce Harper

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Phillies manager Gabe Kapler met with reporters at the Major League Baseball winter meetings this afternoon in Las Vegas, and let me just say, the guy is a total quote machine:

Without question, acquiring a player of, say, Bryce Harper’s caliber would go a long way towards building up that physical armor, and Kapler was unsurprisingly asked during the session about baseball’s most coveted free agent. His answer did nothing to dispel the rumors of the Phillies’ planned aggressive pursuit of Harper.

Here he is, after the jump:

His praise for Harper was what I would describe as effusive, and his answer differed in length and tone when talking about this winter’s other big-time free agent, Manny Machado.

The Inquirer’s Matt Breen checks in with a convenient side-by-side comparison:

That answer on Machado was complimentary, but the Harper one was… swoonish.

For what it’s worth, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury says the team continues to make Machado its primary target:

This, while The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal writes in an interesting piece exploring the agent battle brewing between Scott Boras and Dan Lazano that the Phillies have an interesting competitor in their courtship of Harper – themselves.

Believe what you will.

You can check out Kapler’s full comments below:

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9 Responses

  1. I’m hearing Louie Curto is one tweet away from a complete meltdown. Louie do yourself a favor and go work for the water department. J

  2. so is the rumor true about Gostisbehere? He was living in the Park Towne Place apartment buildings near the Ben Franklin Parkway, but was recently kicked out due to have loud all night sex parties. It would certainly explain his on ice play.

  3. LISTEN, IM FROM THE GREAT NORTH EAST, I KNOW A GUY WHOSE HUNG WHEN I SEE HIM. GABE HAS A BIG DICK AND SHOOTS THICK ROPES. HE WILL BRING US ANOTHER WORLD SERIES… GARUNTEED

  4. Id like to see what Gabe Kapler could do with actual talent. Roster was/is awful. Klentak keeps telling anyone who wants to listen that the Phils are on the way up and improved 10 games last year. But that was due to aaron Nola having a career year. He had a + 10.5 WAR per baseball reference. There was your 10 game improvement. Rest of the roster sucks.

    Jayson Stark is reporting the Phils are trying to trade Cesar Hernandez but finding no takers. Why did Klentak offer Cesar Harnandez arbitration guaranteeing him about $9 M.

    And whats Jon Heymans beef with Philadlephia? He cant get through a segment on mlb tv without spouting this nonsense that no one likes the city of Philadlephia and getting players is going to be tough for them. The only reason players don’t want to come to Philadlephia is because the team sucks, not the city.

    Go Dodgers

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