Harper signed with the Phillies this past Friday but his new jersey wasn't made available on Fanatics until Saturday afternoon during his introductory press conference in Clearwater. Harper told team owner John Middleton that he is willing to help the team recruit free agents and sell them on playing for a victor in Philadelphia - fishing for Trout, sort of. "When I had conversations with John and (his wife) Leigh, I can put my faith and trust in them to make big decisions like that".
"If you don't think I'm gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you're insane", Harper said on Philadelphia's 94WIP on Tuesday. Having 13 years in a place, I'm able to help recruit guys to this organization.
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. "This is where the fans are great, ownership understands it, our manager is awesome, '" the Phillies outfielder added. But if you don't think I'm not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you're insane. "I can really put that faith in myself in being able to say we are able to go about it the right way, we are the Philadelphia Phillies and we want whoever wants to come to Philly". "If you don't want to come to Philly, then don't come". Rumors have already been thrown around that the club is considering a 10-year, $350 million offer.
LeBron James may be the king, but Bryce Harper has surpassed him when it comes to pure popularity, at least for one day. In telling the world that he wanted to land Trout, though, Harper may well have set himself up for a boatload of grief from the commissioner's office. "I don't think [owner] John [Middleton] is scared to go out and get the best guys we need to have", he added.
"We're the Philadelphia Phillies and we want whoever wants to come to Philly".
That's a problem for the Angels, who have Trout under contract for two more seasons and are aiming to re-sign him. The Phillies' newest recruit believes his 13-year deal gives him the opportunity to recruit the best players.