Barry Bonds on Bryce Harper: “He is a beast. [But] he doesn’t compare to me yet.”

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is sitting on 99 career home runs. At 23 years and 177 days old, the defending NL MVP could become the eighth-youngest player to reach 100 career homers. Harper, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, has had quite a good start to his career.

But Barry Bonds, baseball’s all-time home run leader, doesn’t think comparisons should be made between himself and Harper. Per MLB.com’s William Ladson:

“He is a beast. [But] he doesn’t compare to me yet. He has a long way to go [in order to be compared] to me. He is not even close to me. But he is one hell of a ballplayer. I watch him, I admire and I look at him and I’m in awe. You don’t see that often.”

To Harper’s credit, he responded to Bonds’ comments with praise. Via James Wagner of the Washington Post:

For what it’s worth, Harper has arguably had the better start to his career, at least offensively. To match Bonds, however, he’ll need to keep it up for another 18 years. A comparison:

Age

PA HR SB AVG OBP SLG

WAR

Bonds

21-24

2388 84 117 .256 .345 .458

23.4

Harper

19-22

2143 97 37 .289 .384 .517

19.8

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.