He led his team to the World Series this year, where the Phils will face the Houston Astros while both teams look for the ring.
Four years ago, however, Harper was this close to becoming a member of the Astros.
“The trade package that could have sent Bryce Harper to Houston in 2018 has been revealed. WAS: Abraham Toro, Randy César, Josh James, J.B. Bukauskas and Kent Emanuel. HOU: Bryce Harper. Imagine,” B/R Walk-Off tweeted.
The trade package that could have sent Bryce Harper to Houston in 2018 has been revealed.
👉 WAS Abraham Toro, Randy César, Josh James, J.B. Bukauskas and Kent Emanuel
👉 HOU Bryce Harper
Imagine 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/PdYaoNSJiz
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) October 27, 2022
That trade would have been really something.
At the time, most of those guys were seen as top prospects or at least really promising young players.
James, currently injured, has a lot of talent, too.
Harper Is Reminding The Astros What They Missed
Harper was on the last year of his team control clock with the Nationals, and that’s why his trade value was perhaps not as high as one would have thought for a player of his caliber.
He ended up playing out that season with the Nationals, and hit 34 home runs, scored 103 runs, and drove in 100.
The Nats didn’t make the playoffs, though, and finished with an 82-80 record.
Harper left as a free agent and signed a huge 13-year deal with the Phillies before the 2019 campaign, worth $330 million.
He had some excellent seasons in Philadelphia but hadn’t been able to lead his team to the postseason until 2022.
Now, he is thriving under the bright lights and reminding the Astros what they missed.