After Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Bryce Harper joked about playing for the Tokyo Giants in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, the Giants reached out to him again on Twitter.
With the MLB lockdown in place, many teams have begun scouting unsigned international talent, as this is the only way to solicit new players during the freeze.
Bryce Harper is not one of many MLB free agents left in limbo, but he has joked about exploring other avenues to play during the American season. Harper posted a photo His was photographed on the Tokyo Giants jersey and tagged them, asking if they were awake with a time difference of 13 hours. “There’s a bit of time to kill,” Haper joked, adding that he knew the Giant had his company’s phone number.
The Giants turned to Harper, jokingly asking for his shirt size.
Bryce Harper and Tokyo Giants toys with the idea of playing in Japan during lockdown
NPB reflects tight MLB schedule, with Japan’s league currently in the middle of their pre-season game schedule. While Harper joked, there are a number of foreign baseball players who have enjoyed successful careers in Japan. However, the Japanese league limits the number of foreign players to 4 players per 25-man squad, which is similar to what many European leagues do.
Even if the Giants are ready to host Harper, he won’t be willing to walk away from his lucrative, $330 million contract with the Phillies. The 29-year-old right-hander won his second NL MVP Award in 2021, plus he’s won the Silver Slugger Award and the NL Hank Aaron Award every second of his career. Soon after the league reopened, Harper was ready to play some of his best baseball.
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