Bryce Harper Agrees to $330 Million Deal With the Philadelphia Phillies
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 02, 2019,
Mar 02, 2019, 0:49
The 13-year contract covers Harper's age 26-38 seasons and comes with a very affordable $25.38M average annual value (and thus luxury tax hit).
He has been named to the NL All-Star team six times and won the 2015 NL MVP award after hitting.330 with 42 homers and a 1.109 OPS. Harper also had a 12-year, $310 million from the San Francisco Giants, according to NBC Sports. According to Heyman, the Phillies would still be interested in adding Keuchel or Kimbrel on a "pretty short-term" deal. He hit.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a 135 wRC+, leading all of Major League Baseball with 130 walks.
The exchange between the two athletes seems to have started with Bell retweeting an image that talked about Harper's new contract with the Phillies. Still, it's certainly not hard to make the argument that signing Harper gives the Phillies the edge in the NL East.
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But that eventually ran its course.
Harper joins a list of offseason acquisitions for the Phillies, including catcher J.T. Realmuto, infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and reliever David Robertson. The Nationals made an offer toward the end of last season - a $300 million, 10-year contract that included $100 million in deferred money that Harper would have not entirely received until he was 60. It's one thing to get outbid or have the player choose another team, but not even making a serious attempt to sign either of them? If they didn't get Harper and waited, they may have never had an opportunity to sign someone like a Mike Trout or Mookie Betts.