Harper: Dodgers Desperate For Machado

“They haven’t won a championship in 30 years. I think they feel like their window to win is now," John Harper says

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July 18, 2018 - 11:31 am
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Now that the 2018 MLB All-Star Game is in the rearview mirror, it’s time for the trading rumors to run rampant all across the league.

Baseball superstars like Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom have become highly sought out commodities in recent weeks. Where will these two players eventually end up?

New York Daily News MLB columnist John Harper stopped by CBS Sports Radio to give his take on the widespread rumors. With various reports breaking about Machado being shipped to play with the Dodgers for the remainder of the season, Harper wasn’t surprised. 

“I thought all along that the Dodgers would step up and make the best offer because they are the most desperate for him,” Harper said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They haven’t won a championship in 30 years. The clock is ticking on Clayton Kershaw. I think they feel like their window to win is now. I do think he’ll be a Dodger, but I don’t know if that means he’s going be there long-term.”

While this may seem to be a slippery move due to the four-time All-Star’s contract expiring at the end of the season, Harper insists that the Dodgers are willing to take the risk, especially since the team has enough available assets to take Machado on as a temporary rental, without suffering too much of a setback. If the Dodgers ultimately fail to keep him, Harper states that the Phillies are his favorites to sign Machado in the free agency.

“Their farm system is deep enough where they could absorb a hit, even if it’s a rental, and move on,” Harper said. “This front office likes to develop their own players. It’s going to cost a fortune to sign Machado. I think the Phillies are going to make a huge offer for Machado in the offseason. Who knows? If he gets out there, he might fall in love with it, but I don’t think he’s going to give them a discount. I still think the Phillies are the favorites to sign him long-term.” 

Contrary to popular opinion that many experts have about deGrom, Harper doesn’t think the Mets should trade the 30-year-old pitcher.

“deGrom has reached a level to me where you just can’t trade him,” Harper said. “Even though he’s 30, when you watch him, he’s so athletic. He’s got that loose limb delivery. I think he can pitch at a high level into his mid-30s, so I would want to build around him."

Harper believes the Mets could trade fellow pitcher Noah Syndergaard instead. With the former All-Star’s hefty market value, the organization could acquire several position players that Harper believes the team sorely needs.

“I would trade (Noah) Syndergaard because I’d think you could get a big haul for him,” Harper said. “I think they do need to make a trade because they don’t have anybody coming from the farm system. Their farm system is a disaster at the upper levels. They need some young, dynamic, and athletic position players, which they don’t have. Like all these other teams in baseball that you see are developing, the Mets aren’t doing that, or they don’t seem to be, and the Braves and Phillies have passed them already in the division, so I don’t know how you’re going to build around the pitching they have if you don’t make some kind of moves. They’re not going to out and sign Manny Machado in the offseason. They don’t spend that kind of money, so how are you going to get better otherwise? That’s the issue for me.”