Sure, the outfield is crowded for the New York Yankees. So why not find another position for coveted free agent Bryce Harper?
The Hot Stove is sizzling and the New York Yankees made the first big splash of the offseason with their trade for James Paxton.
Now, they have their sights set on several other options, including Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
While the Yankees agreed to a one-year deal to bring longest tenured Yankee Brett Gardner back to their outfield, that doesn’t count out the potential addition of Bryce Harper.
However, it seems like the Yankees aren’t just looking at Harper as a talented outfielder. Instead, they might be considering him at another position entirely. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported that the Yankees had some discussions in regards to whether they would consider signing Harper to primarily play first base.
Harper, no doubt, has the talent to make a position change but then you would be losing out on his stellar arm in the outfield. But then again, the first base position has been up in the air, especially after Greg Bird has bombed out with injury after injury.
Of course, the key to getting Harper would be his offensive output, which would be a decent improvement over the likes of Luke Voit and Bird. After all, he did win the 2015 NL MVP award and his swing would suit Yankee Stadium nicely.
While Harper didn’t hit for a high average last season, he still blasted 34 home runs and had his first 100 RBI season in his seven-year career. That explosive bat would certainly be welcome in the Bronx.
In addition to that, Harper also recorded a career-high in walks this season with 130.
So can Harper come to the Bronx in the outfield? It’s not out of the question. However, it seems that Harper could also come over and play some first base.
Intriguing? Absolutely. But not out of the question just yet…