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. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart.
The Phillies are one superstar away from seriously contending not only for the NL East title, but for a World Series championship. The deal would have been the second-richest in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014, and the third-richest in sports history.
So, how does Harper's offer compare to other big contracts? Even though Harper is still only 26, a 14-year deal with an average annual value of $30 million per season felt a bit excessive. It will cost them roughly $13 million. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface".More news: Senators players apologize after being caught criticizing team on video recording
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In seven seasons with the Nationals, Harper has a.279 career batting average, along with 184 home runs, 521 RBI, six All-Star selections and a National League Most Valuable Player award.
Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.
"It behooves us to have an expiration date", Rizzo told reporters Tuesday, an indication the Nationals are prepared to move on in their plans without Harper because, as one person familiar with the situation said, they "can't have $300 million dangling out there for months". Giglio says he would call it a "failure" if John Middleton is unable to land Harper.