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How does Bryce Harper impact the Phillies' odds?

Bryce Harper’s free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies may have been shortlived as a record-holding contract in the MLB but there’s no denying the impact he’ll have on the team’s success in 2019 and beyond.

The Phillies’ odds didn’t move from the +1200 they were initially listed at following the signing of Harper, as the much-speculated addition had been projected into the favorable number after they went 80-82 en route to a third-place finish in the NL East last season. Bet365 has the team’s 2019 win total set at 89.5 (-120) for a modest increase from last season’s number.

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What Harper brings to Philadelphia

The 26-year-old slugging outfielder was worth a combined 8.3 wins to the Washington Nationals over the past two seasons, as he totaled 63 home runs, 198 runs, 187 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. Catcher Jorge Alfaro – now with the Miami Marlins after being dealt for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto – led Phillies hitters with 3.1 WAR last season, supported mostly by his strong defensive play behind the plate. Rhys Hoskins was the most valuable player on offense and now projects to be Harper’s copilot in the middle of the lineup as Philadelphia trots out its version of the Bash Brothers.

Sports Betting: Predicting the NL East

The Atlanta Braves bolstered their roster this offseason in hopes of a second consecutive division title, the Nationals retain a strong core led by a dominant pitching staff, and the New York Mets improved on last year’s roster with the marquee additions of Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos, but the Phillies are the projected division winners (+180).

There is likely to be a power shift in the National League this season as the Phillies make it a three-team race for their division. Take Philadelphia at 90-plus wins as Harper leads the way.

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