The city of Portland has an opportunity to change baseball. The Portland Diamond Project is in a position to force the hand of Major League Baseball. They just don’t know it yet.
You want to get a baseball team here? Sign the players. Today.
The MLBPA is in a tough situation. Two of the biggest free agents, of all time, still have not signed a contract. People have been talking for years about this class of free agents. Harper and Machado have been discussed in the past of getting contracts in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Today, both have still yet to sign.
Portland, sign Harper and Machado, now.
Yes, I know we do not have a MLB franchise. Yes, I know we do not have a stadium. However, let’s run through this scenario.
If I were running The Portland Diamond Project, I am signing the best remaining free agents today. I am giving them the money they want, I am giving them ownership stakes. I am taking some of the most exciting personalities in baseball away from MLB. Once I have the team, I would figure out the rest.
Welcome to Portland; Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez, Gio Gonzalez, Adam Jones, Wade Miley, Josh Harrison, Jose Iglesias, Clay Buchholz, Ervin Santana, Evan Gattis, Martin Maldonado, Matt Wieters, Lucas Duda, Carlos Gonzalez, Jeremy Hellickson, Bartolo Colon, Tony Sipp, Sergio Romo, Tyler Clippard, and Darwin Barney.
First, let’s look at our potential opening day lineup:
- 2B – Josh Harrison
- 3B – Mike Moustakas
- SS – Manny Machado
- RF – Bryce Harper
- LF – Marwin Gonzalez
- DH – Evan Gattis
- 1B – Lucas Duda
- CF – Adam Jones
- C – Martin Maldonado
Your 25-man roster, by position:
The Portland Diamond Project says they have the funding, this is how you spend it. Use the 2019 season to build the stadium and barnstorm around the world. Raise money by playing exhibitions in Japan, Korea, England and Mexico. Play minor league and independent teams throughout the United States. Raise national and global awareness that Portland wants baseball and we have the team. Commissioner Manfred and Major League Baseball would have no choice but to award us an expansion team by the 2020 season.
Or let our city be used as leverage to negotiate deals with other cities – again. That has worked out well so far.