In his Winter Meetings press conference, Davey Johnson was (of course) asked about the timetable for Bryce Harper.â†µ
"I think the main thing is could he handle it mentally," Johnson said.â†µ
Johnson's got some experience with wunderkinds. In 1984, he convinced Mets GM Frank Cashen to let him break spring-training camp with Dwight Gooden, who was all of 19 years old. According to Johnson, he just wants Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to "keep an open mind, keep an open mind, and let's see how he does in the spring."