Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Ten Years And $300 Million? Not Good Enough, Says Bryce Harper

Undeterred by last winter's free-agent freeze, Scott Boras... Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals
Shannon Reynolds | 08 November, 2018, 14:11

Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.

Free agent Major League Baseball superstar Bryce Harper turned down an offer from his current team, the Washington Nationals, that would have made him one of the highest-paid players in U.S.

Janes added, "Important on Harper: Both sides considered this a respectful offer". The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday. Given Harper's history with Washington, it is likely Boras will at least circle back with the Nationals before finalizing a free agent deal for Harper with another team.

Since Harper was under contract with the Nationals at the time, they had exclusive rights to negotiate with him. 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?" It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

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"It's going to be a challenge to put the best product on the field, and that could include Harper and it could be doing things without Harper, " Rizzo said.

While Harper could be exploring other options, it's still possible he might return to the Nationals.

Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team.

Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes). 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 was not enough.

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