Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Major League Baseball star Bryce Harper rejects $300M offer from Nationals

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Despite Los Angeles making a trade offer, the teams "could not strike a deal", reports the Times.

The Washington Nationals made a contract offer to Bryce Harper late in the season to try and prevent him from becoming a free agent. 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.

"We've had conversations and we utilized our exclusivity to negotiate with him late in the season through when he became eligible to sign with a team, " Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporter Tuesday, according to ESPN.

The Nationals offered Harper a new deal on the last day of the final homestand in September, but Harper's camp rejected it. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart. The system is now perversely set up to encourage teams to go to one extreme or the other in terms of competitiveness, which hurts the overall product as well as specific things like the free agent market.

Harper, per USA Today, also wants a 13-year deal. It may not have been.

However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper.

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"I can't really stand here and say it's going to be "farewell" or anything like that, because nobody knows".

Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

For years now, Boras has been selling Harper - who at the age of 26 is already a six-time All Star, a former National League MVP and was the 2012 rookie of the year - as a talent so rare he could command more than $US400 million.

First, the Nationals - often described as somewhere between maddeningly selective in their spending and unnecessarily frugal - were willing to give one of their players a record-setting deal.

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