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This week the Double T 97-3 staff react to "Manny Machado signing with the Padres for $300 Million, should the Texas Rangers go ALL IN on signing Bryce Harper?"
Chuck Heinz - The Morning Drive
It didn't work with A Rod why would it work with Harper. And, I think the Rangers are several years away from competing for a World Series and Harper only has a few years left to be really relevant. It doesn't match up for success.
Jamie Lent - The Morning Drive and Press Box
As much as I don't like Bryce Harper, I like this idea. If Texas is going to be a contender in 3 or 4 years they are going to need to add talent at some point. Harper would still be in his prime at that point and could be a huge factor. Plus in the AL he can DH which should keep him healthier and more productive. So, count me in on Harper to the Rangers. Just don't expect me to buy a Harper Rangers jersey.
Zach Logsdon - The Morning Drive and Press Box
All in is tough. $400 million? No way. But I do think they should be in the running. They aren't small market, as much as they like to pretend they are, and they need a face for the future. I think it gets lost in the "Bryce Harper is annoying and not that great" that he's just 26. In theory he might not even be as good as he's gonna get yet. I think they absolutely should offer him the Machado contract.
Rob Verby - The Bottom Line and Fox34 Sports
Absolutely! Why not? In what appears to be a very down year again for the Rangers because of their pitching staff... why not land a big-time stud like Harper and excite the fanbase.
Chois Woodman - The Bottom Line
I'm all for the Rangers going after a big name because it shows that they're coming out of the cellar. Texas has not spent big money on a free agent since the Shin-Soo Choo deal - which was a disaster. If Texas goes after Harper it will need some other pieces, too. I hope they do, but I doubt they will.
Jeff McGuire - The Bottom Line and Sunday Sports Blitz
Bryce Harper for 300 million. Let's look at the numbers. Career ERA 0.000. That's good. Total strike outs, 0. Okay, so he is a ground ball pitcher. How many double plays, 0. Saves, 0. Wins, 0. I think you are getting my point here. I have no issue with signing Harper for the Rangers. But pitching is what they are lacking. ESPN has them ranked dead last, even behind a mythical team of free agents in rotation. The players available are better than the guys that don't have jobs. If they can sign Harper and a pitching staff, go for it. I just feel like they will need to choose one or the other.
Zach Sparkman - Tech Talk
Insert Randy Jackson gif * yeah it’s a no from me dog, Bryce Harper is a great player but as Rangers fans saw with A Rod one superstar doesn’t turn a last place team into a contender. Harper would figure to be around when the team hopes to try win again as the prospects the team is building around get to the big leagues but what if they don’t work out and the team is stuck in period of rebuilding while unable to sign other free agents due to Harpers big contract. Harper would be a great signing to put fans in the stands as they say goodbye to the Ballpark in Arlington and break in the new stadium but not very conducive to winning.
Garrett Luft - Coors Light Post Game Show
No, no one should. The Padres will NEVER see the full value of that contract on Machado, and the Rangers know all too well (A-Rod's 10 years - $252 million) that these things don't work out. You could get very solid production paying two guys $50 million each on four-year contracts, and those two guys collectively would get you closest to October than Machado, Harper, or anyone could by himself.
Gary Ashby - Sports Talk With Thetford and Ashby
(We don't this Gary thinks this is a good idea.)
Jon Sokoloff - Fox34 Sports
Just because Manny Machado signed with a rebuilding team doesn't mean the Rangers need to go all out now. San Diego has one of if not the best farm system in baseball, the Rangers are further away. Save their money, use it when they plan on competing and spend it once that pitching core in single A is developed and proves to be effective in the pros.
Jake Archer - Producer Extraordinaire
This ultimately depends on what the Rangers want to do with their program long term. Do they want to win or do they want to bring in more revenue? If they are more concerned with winning long term, you don’t sign Harper for a Machado price. He is a great talent but will hamper your organization from acquiring other players for that type of money. If the Rangers are more concerned with paying off their new stadium and making more money from their fans, you absolutely sign Harper. He’s a superstar who will bring in fans every day of the week. As a Ranger fan, I don’t want Harper on this team because I want to see this team compete for the post season again. It makes sense, from a business perspective, why they should go ALL IN to sign Harper, but I’m out. Go spend that money on rebuilding your starting rotation that you’ve ignored for years.
Over All Thoughts
Yes - 4
No - 7