The city of Philadelphia is on fire right now and it came with a $330 million price tag. If you have lived under a rock for the last few weeks or been out of the country on extended leave, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13 year, $330 million contract, which is the largest contract in baseball history and makes him one of the highest paid athletes on the planet. Even without the Harper signing, the Phillies have had one of the best off-seasons in recent memory, signing one of the best hitting catchers in the game, while also adding some clarity to their bullpen. And it doesn’t stop there.
The next decade will be exciting. Three young superstars signed monster contracts and with become the face of their respective franchise. All of the victories and failures, whether their fault or not, will rest on their shoulders. I looked at some factors to try to figure out which one of these players has the best opportunity to cement a winning legacy.
The Philadelphia Phillies Farm System is the 8th best minor league system in all of baseball. Headlined by (2) Tier 1 and (2) Tier 2 prospects along with one of the strongest off-seasons in recent memory, the future is bright in Philly and their fan base has hope again. (PS – I started writing this before the JT Realmuto trade and Sixto Sanchez was the Phillies top prospect at that time. If you would like to read about Sixto Sanchez, and you should, he is the last prospect on this list).
As Hall of Fame votes continue to come out, Curt Schilling is next on our list. The former All-Star starting pitcher enjoyed an illustrious 20-year career between five different big league clubs. Looking at his seventh year on the ballot, how does Schilling stack up against the greats and what are his chances?