Why Bryce Harper will sign with the St. Louis Cardinals

The STL Cardinals need t to sign free agent Bryce Harper to the team's MLB baseball roster in if they want to compete with Los Angeles. Be better Cardinals fans. Harper was free to choose where he wanted to go for the first time in his career. He and his agent were patient and. Bryce Harper is still a free agent, and there's no reason why the Cardinals and Cubs shouldn't join the sweepstakes. Before these two compete.

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Genesis Cabrera had thrown the 36th pitch of his major-league career on Wednesday night when he pointed to the sky at Citizens Bank Park, appearing to alert the Cardinals outfielders that they had a routine play coming their way.

But Cabrera, who the Phillies chased early in an victory, was about to receive a major-league education. He went 3 for 4, had his second-straight multi-hit game and drove in four runs before leaving the game as a precaution after fouling a pitch off his right foot with the Phillies ahead by 10 runs and halfway through a blowout win. Before leaving the game, Harper seemed to provide another indication that he is heating up.

He homered in the third and recorded his th career double in the fourth. In his last seven games, Harper is for with five extra-base hits. After a slow stretch, Harper seems to be coming on. Phillies news in your inbox all season long. Harper is simply staying relaxed and loose at the plate and trying to not think too much. It seems to be working. Two of his three hits came on the first pitch.

He his effort-level might be low, but his aggressiveness is still present. The Phillies thumped their way to another series win and they will try Thursday afternoon for their second-sweep in 10 days. They have won or split nine of their last 10 series. The Phillies are 11 games above.

No matter what happens Thursday afternoon, the Phillies will leave in the evening for California with momentum as they open a challenging series at Dodger Stadium. The goal is showing up and winning the ball game. Everything else will take care of itself. Franco and Kingery went back-to-back, each homering off the first pitch they saw from Cardinals starter-turned-reliever Michael Wacha.

Kingery went 2 for 4 and the Phillies will continue to play him heavily in centerfield in order to keep him in the lineup, especially if Franco produces at third base. The lineup provided plenty of offense for Aaron Nola, who allowed just one run in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked three as he shutdown the Cardinals for the second-time this month.

Nola, just like Harper, is providing signs that he is pulling himself away from early-season struggles. Nola is now and has allowed one run or less in five of his seven starts. You have to look at the negatives and try to learn from it.

Harper, an inning after his homer, came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. But this pitcher would have been wrong, too. He sprinted from home plate, charged around first base, ditched his helmet, and slid head first into second base to barely beat the throw from center field.

He hustled his way to second base. Harper returned to his feet with his uniform soiled and waved to the dugout. Harper had his third hit of the night. His slow start seemed another night further away and his effort-level was just where it needed to be. Skip to content. Andrew McCutchen celebrates his two run homer against the Cardinals with teammate Bryce Harper during the 5th inning Wednesday.

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The latest Bryce Harper free-agent rumors

Harper reportedly has deal with Phillies. Feb. Bryce Harper has agreed to a contract with the Phillies, sources confirmed to's Mark. Bryce Harper has given indications that he would like to sign a free agent contract with the STL Cardinals, but the MLB baseball team doesn't. The STL Cardinals need t to sign free agent Bryce Harper to the team's MLB baseball roster in if they want to compete with Los Angeles.

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