Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper

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Mark Mulder: Signing Bryce Harper for $400M Would be 'The Dumbest Thing Ever'

The former Cardinals pitcher also talked about his golf career, Paul Goldschmidt's addition in STL and the latest Hall of Fame voting.

December 19, 2018 - 1:56 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The race for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado has turned into an ultramarathon this offseason. And if former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder was a GM, he'd stay far away from giving either player a record contract.

"I personally think it would be the dumbest thing ever for one team to give (Harper) $350, $400, whatever they're thinking. Machado killed himself in the playoffs with his whole act, watching the stuff he did," Mulder says. "The reality is, there's still going to be that one team that pays him." 

He says if you look at both players numbers, it would be a tough debate to say they're two of the top three or four players in the bigs.

In his opinion, which he gave to KMOX's Chris Hrabe during Tuesday's Sports Open Line, it could be mid-January and neither of those guys would have a team yet.

Recent rumors have said the Cardinals are no longer chasing Harper and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak believes the team likely has its starting-eight for 2019. That's mainly thanks to the trade which brought Paul Goldschmidt to St. Louis. Mulder and Goldschmidt don't have a lengthy relationship, but Mulder says the two were members of the same golf club the past few years in Arizona. 

"What they say about him is exactly what he is, he shows up each and everyday, he's one of the best humans I've met and I'm excited to see him in a Cardinals uniform," Mulder says. "Just the confidence that (Goldschmidt and Albert Pujols) give out, that they exude, there is never that self doubt ... While Paul is very quiet, he just exudes that confidence and that goes I think a long way in the clubhouse day in, day out. Because you want those guys who don't show that they're two for their last 20, you think they went three for four the day before, they show up with the same attitude. And when you do that, you push every single other guy to do the same."

You can listen to their full conversation, here: