Bryce Harper agrees to 13-year, $330 million deal with Philadelphia Phillies
01 March, 2019, 05:56 | Author: Sharon Yates
Any heartfelt dreams of Bryce Harper playing alongside childhood friend and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant are officially over.
Jon Heyman reports it is a deal worth $330 million, and Passan adds it's a 13-year deal with no opt-outs.
Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, posting a.249/.393/.496 slash line with an.889 OPS, 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. According to Heyman, neither Harper nor Machado wanted to sign their contract first, believing, perhaps, that they could receive a bigger payday by signing after the other. While going to a new team was probably best for Harper's career, it's important to note that the $300 million offer from the Nats is not what it seemed.
At 26, Harper has already been named the National League's MVP (2015) and Rookie of the Year (2012).
Phillies managing partner John Middleton traveled to Las Vegas last weekend to express his long-term vision to Harper. But the 26-year-old Harper took the money - don't they always? - and likely makes the Phillies the favorite in the division, part of a blockbuster offseason that also includes J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson and Jean Segura.
Only time will tell whether or not this move pays off for the Phillies who finished 80-82 last season.
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Clark questioned the commitment of clubs when it comes to putting together a winning team and said a number of club don't 'justify the price of a ticket'. The Nationals made an offer toward the end of last season - a $300 million, 10-year contract that was no longer on the table after free agency opened without an agreement. He supplemented that with 34 home runs and a league-high 130 walks, twice as many as the season prior.
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