Scott Boras: Why a $300 million Bryce Harper offer wasn't close

08 November, 2018, 19:45 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

But people familiar with the offer also indicate it is now off the table, an offer meant to capitalize on the Nationals' exclusive negotiating rights with Harper that stood for five weeks until the 26-year-old officially became a free agent.

First, the Nationals - often described as somewhere between maddeningly selective in their spending and unnecessarily frugal - were willing to give one of their players a record-setting deal. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market. Though it feels unlikely that he'll have a better season than his 2015 National League MVP season - a season in which he hit.330 with 42 home runs and a staggering 9.3 fWAR - many of his best career years should still be in front of him.

Jim Salisbury of NBCSP says "the general consensus at the general managers meetings is that the Phillies will win the Bryce Harper sweepstakes".

Reports emerged Wednesday morning that Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' last offer worth $300 million over 10 years. "I think we have a good strategy in place, a good plan in place, and we have started to begin that process and we will see where it takes us".

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Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team. The San Francisco Giants are not expected to be interested now that the price tag is visible. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.

But it appears Harper to do the same with multiple suitors in the bidding. That would give Harper a higher total and a higher yearly average than Stanton's deal.

If the Phillies decided to make an offer that topped Stanton, they could top the Nationals' offer and top Stanton's contract by offering a deal worth $330 million over 10 years.

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