Report: Angels Contact MLB About Bryce Harper’s Recruitment of Mike Trout


Since joining the Phillies a little less than a week ago, Bryce Harper has made it abundantly clear that he wants the team to add as much premium talent as possible in the coming years in order to build and sustain a winner. That shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise, but the aggressiveness with which Harper has openly talked about eventually teaming up with Mike Trout when baseball’s best player becomes a free agent after the 2020 season is causing quite a stir.

Understandably, Phillies fans have quickly and completely fallen hard for Harper. I mean, how could they not?

Whisper more of such good tidings in my ear my sweet, sweet prince.

But not everyone is so enthralled by Harper’s recruiting pitches. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the Angels have contacted Major League Baseball regarding his recent overt recruiting tactics:

The Angels have contacted Major League Baseball regarding Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper’s public recruitment of Angels star Mike Trout, a possible violation of tampering rules.

I know it’s early, but this has a chance to be the dumbest story of the day.

Let’s run through this. Harper reportedly picked Trout’s brain on multiple occasions throughout this past offseason about what it would be like to play in Philadelphia as he made his own free agency decision. In the course of those private conversations, or texts, or Snap Chats, or Instagram DMs, you don’t think Harper said, “Suhhh kid???!! If I do go to Philly, you should definitely come with, bro!”

In terms of tampering rules, I get why a manager or a front office guy can’t stand up and say, “We want you, Mike. Real bad. Take all of our money!”  Tampering rules between players, however, are both silly and futile. Private exchanges between any two players about a certain city or team, which occur frequently, carry significantly more weight than any public recruiting pitches like this one. Harper’s public comments are simply about arousing excitement and engendering goodwill from the fans, not interfering with the integrity of the Angels’ future potential negotiations with Trout.

A great player wants to play with another great player, so what? In the end, if Trout wants to come home and the money is right, he’s coming to Philly. If he wants to toil away with a mediocre franchise in Los Angeles for the remainder of his career, he’s going to do it. He’s going to do whatever he wants. It’s not as if Harper’s comments made Trout or the Phillies say, “Wow. You know, that’s a pretty strong idea. Let’s look into it.”

I get where the Angels are coming from, and I’m sure that Major League Baseball will look to publicly quell this talk, and there may be a fine coming Harper’s way, but the league should be privately thrilled. Sports fans, not just Phillies fans, are talking about baseball, which is something the league sorely needs right now as it battles increasing apathy and perception issues. In fact, it should be to the moon that its best player is finally generating some buzz. The organic intrigue of a possible Trout/Philly union is already wild and the potential future marketing possibilities are endless after eight years of struggling to utilize Trout’s remarkable talents to promote the game.

Of course, the Angels could just accept that they are fortune’s fool, round up the scouting department, and be proactive about this thing by trading Trout later this summer, but we’ll save that discussion for another day.




22 Responses

    1. As long as she continues to be the only anti-Israel voice in Congress, she has my vote.
      She is the only one who is calling out dual citizenship, and the outrageous amounts of $ given to that apartheid state.

      1. First of all, she speaks like a special needs person. Second, we can’t have it both ways. We can’t preach about human rights, women’s rights, lgtbq rights and then vote for a Muslim… they make their women cover their faces so as to submit to men. They kill gays and anyone who leaves Islam. Minnesota has humiliated themselves on this one. Vote Kamala Harris or Beto. They are our only hope.

        1. Jolly, this is the most sense you’ve ever made. I’m a Trump guy, and I will vote for Big Dick Donny again. But listening to Kamala or Beto speak I have to admit they are not complete idiots like the rest of your lineup. Islam and Sharia law has no place in America. All the other religions have liberalized for the most part. Islam is barbaric right now. They need to change fast.

    2. I don’t think she’s eligible, Somali-born and all.

  1. The Angles are just going to bite the bullet and pay Trout a record deal that keeps him in LA for his career.

    Which is good, because then I can hang out with my baseball boyfriend 24/7 when I’m traded to the Chargers in two seasons.

    1. *Angels…nice edit function on your comment section.

      1. Or, Trout could turn down the contract and go to free agency and sign with the Phillies and play where he wants to play and still make the money he wants.

        I don’t know much about sports, but I sure do hit refresh a lot.

        Ever read my ‘thoughts’ about cap space? No clue how it works.

        Back to hitting refresh and repeating myself.

  2. Why and how would Mike Trout know what it’s like to play in Philadelphia? He’s been in Los Angeles for basically a decade and he grew up an hour and a half from Philadelphia. Jeff Conine knows more about what its like to play in Philadelphia than Trout.

    1. Common sense really isn’t your strong suit.

      Growing up a Philly sports fan kind of gives you an idea on how things work…..Unless of course you are slow……which may be the case here.

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