Bryce Harper is on the Phillies, and if things go well, he'll be there for the next 13 years. And while the Mets' quest to win the NL East just got tougher, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway don't seem concerned.
When asked shortly after the signing by Joel Sherman of the NY Post if anything has changed for the Mets, Van Wagenen's one-word response was "Nope."
When asked a few hours later during a scrum with reporters what his reaction was to the Phillies landing Harper, Van Wagenen was succinct.
"I really don't have any reaction," he said. "I think as we've built this team we've tried to focus on ourselves to be the best version of ourselves, and to go try to win games."
When asked about his "come get us"/team to beat statement and whether he still believed the Mets were the team to beat in the NL East, Van Wagenen held firm, though he didn't double-down.
"I believe that we can beat any team, any time," he said. "No player signing is gonna change that mindset."
With Harper now on the Phillies, there is always the possibility the Mets make a counter-move. So are the Mets done making moves this offseason?
"We're never gonna sit on our hands," Van Wagenen said. "... We really like our team, we like our depth, and we think we're gonna be able to win a lot of ballgames."
Speaking right before Van Wagenen, Callaway gave a similar response to Harper joining the Phils.
"We're worried about the guys we have in our clubhouse. That's been our approach all offseason," Callaway said, adding "We have a scouting report on Harper. We've faced him before. They put together a good report on him so it'll be fun."
Pushed further on what impact Harper to Philly could have on the Mets, Callaway didn't bite.
"We built this team a certain way and we're totally happy with where we're at right now. It's fantastic," he said.