Trade talks surrounding Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant have been among the most notable baseball rumors this offseason. That speculation didn’t die down , and the Philadelphia Phillies are one of the clubs reportedly interested in exploring a trade for Bryant.Here’s what Harper told The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro:
Bryant landing in Philadelphia would reunite him with fellow Las Vegas native and longtime friend, Bryce Harper. However, the Phillies’ 0 million star wanted to pump the brakes on that possibility. Harper, speaking to reporters at spring training in Clearwater, Florida, pointed out that trading for Bryant would likely involve the the club trading away Alec Bohm and/or Spencer Howard.”I mean, you have to have certain guys on your team that make less money to also have guys that make more money, as well. Kris, of course, you want an All-Star caliber player, but we have [Alec] Bohm. We have a big-time third baseman and we were able to get him in the draft. Of course, any time you’re able to add an All-Star caliber player, you’re going to want to add an All-Star player. But you have to be able to know you developed a player in the minor leagues that can also help you at third base, and Bohm could be that guy for us. He could come up and be one of the best third basemen in the second half or whatever it is. Harper’s response shows he’s thinking about the Phillies’ long-term future as he enters the second of a 13-year megadeal.