Cashman pretty much ruled out Harper: â€œThe Harper stuff, Iâ€™m surprised you are still asking.â€ #Yankees
â€” Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 10, 2018
I wonder if I, like many New York Yankee fans on Monday afternoon, discovered via Joel Sherman’s above tweet that Bryce Harper was practically an afterthought to General manager Brian Cashman when asked about him today.
I was struck by Cashman’s “surprise” when there was a report by Yahoo Sports.com last week that the Yankees were one of the teams sending representatives to Las Vegas to meet with Harper.
Andy Martino of SNY.tv.com in a December 4th article mostly debunked the rumors that the Yankees were interested in Harper.
Still, as a die-hard fan, I was hopeful that the rumors had some substance to them. Â Harper’s talent and and potential are elite and if the Yankees could get his lefty power bat going in Yankee Stadium, the results could be spectacular.
However, even more pointed than what Sherman reports above, is Bryan Hoch of MLB.com’s tweet:
Brian Cashman indicated that Bryce Harper isnâ€™t a fit for the #Yankees. Said the team already has six outfielders and that playing Harper at first base isnâ€™t realistic.
â€” Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 10, 2018
So according to Cashman, Harper is out of consideration for the Yankees. Â Yankee fans may be disappointed but remember, it’s early still and in Cashman we trust.