Remember back in May how Mike Rizzo went after Cole Hamels, calling his plunking of Bryce Harper “chickens**t,” “classless,” and “gutless?” Well, that anonymous GM who ripped him to Bob Nightengale today is getting a dose of that now too:
Rizzo referred to the unnamed aspect of the comments as “chicken (bleep).” Rizzo, a Chicagoan, also said, “That’s not how we do things in my neighborhood … “Who knows, maybe the came from an executive on a team that lost 120 games.”
No word, at present, if they are also “fake tough.”
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.