Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

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Frederick Owens | 10 November, 2018, 13:45

Despite the presence of Harper and Manny Machado on the market, it seems the Red Sox have other, more pressing issues.

Harper, 26, reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals in late September.

At the general managers meetings on Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed that the team had engaged in talks with Harper's agent, Scott Boras.

"Offers come to you by the original club prior to free agency are merely olive-branch offers to let you know of great interest in the player and wanting to define a continued relationship with the player", Boras said.

It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself.

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.

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Harper is likely the most intriguing free agent option on the market and is going to cost a fortune to whatever team ends up bringing him on board.

"Because the player is entering the prime of his career you're really talking about a unique and rare opportunity", Boras said.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are among the teams that have been rumored as potential landing spots for Harper.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract.

Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value.

Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag. The six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP has 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 OPS during his six-year career in Washington. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface".

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