Rumors

Bryce Harper reportedly rejected megadeal from Nationals on last day of season



Bryce Harper, after years of anticipation, is a free-agent. (Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons)

Bryce Harper seems intent on breaking the record for the most money ever given to a professional athlete in a contract. At least that’s the feeling you are left with after USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale reported Tuesday that Harper rejected a “megadeal” from the Nationals on the last day of the 2018 season.

Nightengale noted that the contract would have given Harper $30 million per year and that the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, along with the Nationals, will all be in the hunt.

The Washington Post‘s Chelsea Janes gave more information about the proposed contract, saying it contained no opt-out clauses and that it was below $400 million, a number that Harper has desired to hit in the past.

As Tyler Byrum of NBC Sports Washington wrote, Harper gave an emotional interview during the final game of the 2018 regular season. “[I’m] getting a little emotional right now, because you never know. I was happy to be able to go up there and hit a double, write it off like that. If I’m back, I’d love to be. If I’m not then you know, we’ll see what happens.”

This isn’t the first time Harper and the Nationals didn’t see eye-to-eye on a contract proposal. Nightengale wrote back in December of 2016 that the Nationals were apparently “taken back” by Harper’s demands, which at the time had been the same number he appears to be looking for now: 10 years and $400 million. With his latest action, it seems Harper and agent Scott Boras won’t take anything less, which could very well impact which teams will show interest in him. There are only a handful of teams that could absorb a contract of $400 million plus, with the Phillies being one of them.

Harper, a six-time All-Star, is hitting free agency after a semi-disappointing season in which he hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. Harper only managed a bWAR of 1.3, his lowest since 2014.

Still, the 2015 National League MVP carries an impressive resume along with undeniable talent. The Phillies have long been rumored to be interested in Harper, as well as fellow free-agent superstar Manny Machado. Bovada (via Oddshark) recently released the odds each team had of signing Harper and Machado, and the Phillies were favorites for each, with even odds on Harper and +150 on Machado.

According to Fancred‘s Jon Heyman, there has been talk that the Phillies could potentially sign each of the free agents. At the very least, it appears Philadelphia should be in the hunt for both until the end. It should make for a very exciting offseason, one that could potentially change the course that the franchise is heading.

MORE FROM PHILLIES NATION

  1. With Chase Utley’s Career Concluded, His Hall Of Fame Case Comes Into Focus
  2. Could Scott Kingery Play Shortstop In 2019? The Phillies Seem To Think So
  3. Kingery, Franco, Alfaro And The Delicate Balance Between Potential And Performance
  4. The Reality Of The Phillies Financial Situation Entering Free-Agency
  5. Matt Klentak Says Phillies Got What They Hoped For From Carlos Santana
  6. Chase Utley: I Think There Are A Lot Of Benefits To Analytics
  7. Phillies Reportedly Likely To Check In On J.T. Realmuto This Offseason
  8. Phillies Nation Mailbag: Who Will Be The Next Phillies-Connected Person To Be A Manager?
  9. Phillies Nation Mailbag: What Will The Bullpen Look Like In 2019?
  10. Phillies Nation Mailbag: Would A Trade For Zack Greinke Make Sense?
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Amanda Mari

    November 7, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I think if the Phillies go for Harper or Machado, they’re making the same kind of mistakes they made with Santana and Arrieta. Too much money for litte return. Neither one of them is worth the money they’re asking. And if you pay for it, see how many fans won’t be able to afford to come to Citizens Bank Park to watch these two play.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Phillies Nation has been bringing Phillies fans together since 2004 with non-stop news, analysis, trade rumors, trips, t-shirts, and other fun stuff!

Browse the Archives

Browse by Category

Copyright Phillies Nation, LLC 2004-2018
Not Affiliated with Major League Baseball or the Philadelphia Phillies

To Top