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

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

Boras said he saw comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million pact and extensions done for Mike Trout and even the one he negotiated for Jose Altuve and feels "they have nothing to do with Bryce Harper" because all were done with years to go until free agency. A team without many financial commitments, such as the Chicago White Sox, could choose to get involved and be aggressive. The Nationals wanted to lock up their star, but Harper felt $30 million per year for the next decade wasn't enough money. For years now, Boras has been selling Harper as a talent so rare he could command more than $400 million, and when presented with that number this week, he joked, "Why be so limiting?"

The Nationals offered Harper a new deal on the last day of the final homestand in September, but Harper's camp rejected it.

The first time was before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the second was when they claimed him before the waiver deadline but the Washington Nationals pulled Harper back, as expected. If LA does decide to make a run at Harper, they would likely still look to move Puig this offseason.

"Bank on it", Nightengale wrote of the Phillies signing Harper.

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"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said. "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".

It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself.

Boras tabbed Harper as a "generational" and "iconic" player - citing the Nationals' stark increase in attendance, television ratings and overall franchise value since Harper joined the team.

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more.

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