Major League Baseball star Bryce Harper rejects $300M offer from Nationals

Doug Mendoza
November 8, 2018

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.

Landing Harper would change everything for the Phillies. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes). It's not hard to see why Phillies managing partner John Middleton, along with general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail, would be willing to issue a historic contract to Harper to play his home games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. It would send a clear message to the city of Philadelphia - they are ready to win right now. His ideal combination of upside and already impressive resume gives him the argument for the biggest contract in baseball.

Scott Boras described Bryce Harper as "a generational player" and termed the Nationals' 10-year, $300 million proposal prior to free agency an "olive branch" to emphasize interest in retaining the star outfielder. The contract did not match the $325 million that the Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton in 2014, however, which is likely why Harper turned it down.

"I can't really stand here and say it's going to be "farewell" or anything like that, because nobody knows".

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract. The San Francisco Giants are not expected to be interested now that the price tag is visible.

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File this one away in the "Take it for what it's worth" category.

If the Phillies chose 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.

As we settle in for the beginning of Harper's Bazaar - which, in case you were wondering, is "fashionable", "elite", "historical" and "has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair", according to Boras - here's the latest chatter on his market...

Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer.

That $33 million average would, however, fall slightly short of the $34.1 million that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Greinke makes.

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