An Open Letter to Bryce Harper


Michael Vallone

Dear Bryce Harper:

Your eventual free agent signing will be undeniably the most talked about signing this winter. A number of teams are of course extremely interested in bringing you to the city, most notably the Chicago White Sox. Yes, they lost 100 games last year. Yes, they are in the beginning stages of the rebuilding process. They might not have the biggest payroll, but you belong on the south side of Chicago. I’ll tell you why.

You are guaranteed to be the face of the franchise by coming here. The team would build around you with a supporting cast of upcoming prospects and a current young core. Similar to the Cubs in 2014, we have a strong core of young developing players like Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito, and Dylan Cease just to name a few. This is a perfect opportunity for you to lead a young team from last place to contenders within a few years. I understand it is a big risk to trust in a team that has struggled so much in the past two years, but taking that risk could leave you with a Lebron type legacy in the MLB.

Despite operating like a small market team, the White Sox can actually afford the $400 million you are asking for. The Sox have the second lowest payroll in baseball with only two players (Tim Anderson and Nate Jones) signed past 2020. There is plenty of room as the White Sox have a franchise value of $1.5 billion and annual revenue of $266 million (estimated by Forbes). Adding to this, they have just fewer than $6 million committed on the 2020 payroll.

There is no doubt attendance has dwindled over the years at Guaranteed Rate Field. Your coming to Chicago could boost that immensely and bring back the relevance to the south side. You have a great chance to be a huge piece in the puzzle that ultimately ends in an all-around successful ball club.


A biased White Sox fan