The Los Angeles Angels apparently have had enough of Bryce Harper’s love of Mike Trout.
According to the Los Angeles Times, The Angels contacted Major League Baseball Tuesday regarding Harper’s constant public recruitment of the Angels star, which might be a violation of tampering rules.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler, previously an executive in the Yankees organization, said in in a text message to the LA Times that he is aware of the comments.
“We’ve been in touch with MLB and we have no further comment at this time,” he said.
Earlier, Harper, who already has made public pitches for Trout since signing the richest deal in major league history, told SportsRadio 94WIP that his long-term deal allows him to make a push for other players to join the Phillies. Trout, who attended high school in Millville, N.J. and has had season tickets to Eagles games, won’t be a free agent until after the 2020 season.
“If you don’t think I’m going to be calling Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you are crazy,” Harper told the station. “I think that is one thing about this contract that I am able to do. Having 13 years in a place, I am able to help recruit guys to the organization.”
The Commissioner Office might disagree that, and now the Angels also are publicly fighting back against the 13-year, $330 million man.