Nationals’ rejected offer to Bryce Harper was a record-setting $300M

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2018

If you think that last winter's frozen free-agent market, and all the criticism directed at powerful agent Scott Boras for his role in the months-long ordeal that bled into spring training, might have him laying low or tiptoeing cautiously into this new offseason, then you don't know Boras.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the Harper situation Tuesday and acknowledged that the team has a talented options in the outfield without Harper if he were to sign elsewhere. 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. Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Baltimore Orioles in July, while Harper has spent his entire career with the Washington Nationals.

On the last day of Washington's final homestand during the 2018 season, the Nationals reportedly offered Bryce Harper a contract extension worth $300 million over 10 years. The Phillies are expected to be one of the most active teams in free-agency.

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USA Today reported that Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million deal from Washington.

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. Even though Harper is still only 26, a 14-year deal with an average annual value of $30 million per season felt a bit excessive. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag. Just how big his contract will be remains to be seen; however, he's already turned down a massive deal. With that said, he also homered 23 times, drove in 54 runs and walked 78 times prior to the All-Star Break, so his first-half only disappointing by the high standards that he's set for himself.

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