There are of course many other factors there, and the Angels will surely make their best pitch to keep Trout.
"I just want to see pitches". This card was a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects card and was reportedly sold at the Goldin Auctions this past Sunday for $186,580!
"For me, I can be able to talk to Trout or whoever it is, big-name free agent thinking about coming to Philly".
On Saturday at his introductory news conference after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies, Harper alluded to recruiting Trout in 2020 but didn't use his name.
"Tampering! Tampering!" the Los Angeles Angels have cried, and Major League Baseball has said it has spoken to both teams. "If you don't want to come to Philly, then don't come". But if you want to come and be part of a winning team and a winning culture, then we are going to need the best players to do that.
"I can say: 'Hey, this is the place to be. That's going to be able to bring some other guys in as well to build up this organization", Harper said.
Bryce Harper's comments about Mike Trout's future free agency didn't go unnoticed by the Los Angeles Angels' front office.
"Given our rules, players recruiting other players who are still under contract or under reserve to another club is a rule violation", he said at the Boston College Chief Executives Club. "We'll see what happens with that".
"We're in the process of gathering information about the comments and the context in which they were made".
It's possible that Harper might not have to say much of anything to get Trout to come back to Philadelphia, and it may well depend on how much more "stupid" money Middleton has to spare.