Despite Bryce Harper changing teams, the New York Mets won’t see any less of him and they aren’t too happy about it.
Harper signed a 13-year deal worth $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies and thus, he’ll torment the Mets for another 13 years. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are not happy that Harper is staying in the division.
“Privately, Mets players and officials had been rooting for Harper to pick the Giants or Dodgers as his destination,” writes Puma. “One threat had already been avoided when Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year contract worth $300 million with the Padres last week.”
It’s no surprise that the Mets were rooting for Harper to leave the division. He’s one of the best players in the game and he’s given the Mets headaches throughout the years.
In 109 games against the Metropolitans, Harper has 23 home runs and he’s batted in an impressive 67 runs. His .880 OPS is another indicator of Harper’s dominance against the Mets.
If the Mets hope to take the NL East crown, they’ll have to beat out some tough competition. Harper makes the Phils a formidable foe. The Atlanta Braves are one year older and they are looking to defend their division crown. And don’t forget about the Washington Nationals who may have lost Harper, but they acquired a big arm in Patrick Corbin.
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto isn’t too worried about what the other teams in the division are doing.
“It was a tough division before he was coming back and it’s going to be tougher now, but we’re worried about what we have got here,” Conforto said.
“We are worried about the guys that we have got, the work we’re putting in here. Obviously this is big news because there has been a lot building up to this moment, but we are just worried about us and we are excited about our team and ready to go toe to toe with the Phillies and the Nats, Miami, whoever it is.”