The Philadelphia Phillies appear to have won the Bryce Harper contest, completing a 13-year, $ 330-million deal with the free agent, ESPN's Jeff Passan said Thursday.
The Harper agreement includes a no-trade clause and has no opt-out option, ESPN sources told the league, saying he was committed to the Phillies for the rest of his career.
Harper, the most valuable player of the National League in 2015, was one of the first free crop awards this year. Field player Manny Machado has agreed to a $ 300 million 10-year contract with the Padres. It was assumed that Harper's total contracts would exceed this contract. Not only did he do that, but his total is greater than the 325 million dollar extension signed by Giancarlo Stanton with the Marlins.
"We had an average value of $ 45 million on short-term contracts," said Scott Boras, Harper's agent, at the New York Post. "We had a full buffet."
MLB.com was the first to report that Harper and the Phillies were on the verge of concluding an agreement.
"The goal was to get the contract as long as possible," Boras told the post office. "Bryce wanted a city for the rest of his career.It was what I had been asked to do.It is very difficult right now to get a contract term that takes a player up to 37, 38, 39 years old. "
Harper, who is only 26 years old, is already six stars and was named rookie of the year at the NL in 2012. He is a patient hitter, known for his many home runs and his many walks. He has on average with 184 circuits, 521 RBIs and a .388 percentage over his career.
Harper averaged .249 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs for the national last season. He struggled for a good part of the first half, but he won the Home Run derby at the All-Star festivities at Nationals Park and he hit .300 with 11 homers, 46 RBIs and 46 points scored in 223 after the break. He led the NL in the marches with 130 and ranked fifth in percentage on base (0.339).
One of the main topics of discussion for the Nationals – and all major league baseball players – before the off season was whether the team would be able to sign a long-term contract with Harper. According to reports, he refused a $ 300 million offer over 10 years for the Nats.
He entered free competition after declining the National's qualifying bid for $ 17.9 million. Because US citizens have exceeded the luxury tax, they would get an extra choice after the fourth round in compensation for Harper.
Harper led the leagues in 2015 with 42 homers and averaged .330 with 99 RBIs. He dropped to .243 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs in 2016, then rebounded to .319 with 29 homers and 87 RBIs in just 111 games in 2017.
"He showed the type of player he was, and now he is a grizzled veteran," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Nov. 7. "He's already played a lot in the game and he's just scratching the surface." & # 39;