Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value.
It's always been thought that the Nationals will not be able to out-spend the likes of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for Harper's services in 2019 and beyond. Unsurprisingly, free agent Bryce Harper was a popular topic.
The 26-year-old slugger is primed to land a massive payday in free agency this offseason, and having reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals, there's only one team that has a pressing need for his services and is willing to match Harper's desired price. The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report.
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"Well, certainly, Harper's bazaar has begun", Boras proclaimed. It may not have been. For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.
In order to afford Harper, the Yankees might have to explore the option of dealing Stanton, who has a no-trade clause. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface".
Harper is a six-time All-Star with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 on-base plus slugging percentage. Though it feels unlikely that he'll have a better season than his 2015 National League MVP season - a season in which he hit.330 with 42 home runs and a staggering 9.3 fWAR - many of his best career years should still be in front of him.
"He will be standing in right field with the Phillies on March 28 at Citizens Bank Park when they open the season against the defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves", Nightengale added.