Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Bryce Harper Rejected 'Aggressive Offer' From Nationals

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Kristopher Love | 08 November, 2018, 19:42

This year's MLB free agent class has been hyped up as one of the biggest in league history. 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.

Since Harper was under contract with the Nationals at the time, they had exclusive rights to negotiate with him.

The 26-year-old outfielder could still end up staying with the Nationals, although he apparently rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract that the club offered back in September. The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report.

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.
It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to signing Harper)", Rizzo said Tuesday.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen.

That Nationals offer may be off the table in its current form, but Boras rarely lets a high-spending team drop out of the race for a high-priced client. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday.

Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team. That means more than the $325 million that Stanton got, and likely considerably more.

As we settle in for the beginning of Harper's Bazaar - which, in case you were wondering, is "fashionable", "elite", "historical" and "has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair", according to Boras - here's the latest chatter on his market... Max Scherzer got exactly $30 million.

The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.