Bryce Harper Turned Down $300 Million Contract From Nationals

10 November, 2018, 06:17 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Harper headlines one of the most valuable free-agent classes in Major League Baseball history, which also includes infielder Manny Machado, closer Craig Kimbrel and former Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel.

The Phillies opened last season with the ninth-lowest payroll in baseball, trailing such traditional spending juggernauts as the Royals and Reds. Indeed, he wound up signing off on a huge free-agent shopping spree that seemed to be at least partly in response to Robinson Cano signing with the Mariners.

And presumably either Machado or Harper would be a better investment than the infamous seven-year, $153 million contract the Yankees gave Jacoby Ellsbury at the time.

For some time now, as it became apparent Harper would enter free agency this year, it was speculated that he would become a New York Yankee. First, and possibly the most important, is the recent report that Harper had rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals to remain in Washington. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. If LA does decide to make a run at Harper, they would likely still look to move Puig this offseason.

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If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals' outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field, with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a back-up in centre.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper re-signing)", Rizzo added. "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".

The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn't include any opt-outs and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper would receive after he and his agent Scott Boras held discussions throughout September.

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more. Max Scherzer got exactly $30 million. The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

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