Is Adrian Belte worth eight figures a year?

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A lot of us have been giving the Phillies crap for going in at $6 million a year over three years for Polanco, citing Adrian Beltre as a younger, better option.  According to Buster Olney, however, Beltre’s asking prince is $10 million per, and you’d have to figure that starts at three years.

Yes, Beltre is better, but is he that much better?  Dude only gets on base at a just-above-.300 clip and his power evaporated last year. You’d figure some of that would rebound in a more hitter-friendly park in the less competitive league, but so much so that you’d pay him $10 million? If all things are equal, I take Beltre over Polanco. But things don’t appear to be equal.

At least not right now. Let’s check in with Beltre in a month and see how many $10 million offers he’s fielding.

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.