Early Rumors On The Bryce Harper Market

Early Rumors On The Bryce Harper Market

An wonderful amount to turn down - as it would be the biggest free-agent deal in terms of total money in the history of the four major sport - but also almost $100 million short of what Harper and agent Scott Boras are seeking. With just over a month until the MLB Winter Meetings, it doesn't appear that a decision from Harper (or any major free-agent) is imminent. But Boras is probably better known than a lot of the players he represents, after many decades of pronouncements and record-setting contracts, with some high-profile gaffes sprinkled in.

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. Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300-million deal from Washington in September. Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins, but now has $270 million remaining over the next 10 years following his trade to the Yankees.

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. They signed "in a non-rights market", Boras said - one in which multiple teams could not bid on his services. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

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Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday. Zack Greinke ($34 million), David Price ($31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) all got more. 2018 was a bit of a down year for Harper.

The Nats' most recent bid was not, in Boras' mind, their final attempt to retain his client.

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