Harper to draw ‘historical’ offers — Major League Baseball free agency


In order to add Harper to their roster, the Dodgers' spending would certainly extend beyond the league's $206 million competitive-balance tax threshold for 2019.

The Nationals offered Harper a new deal on the last day of the final homestand in September, but Harper's camp rejected it.

In the meantime, Harper will continue to field offers from other teams in hopes of landing a record-setting deal.

"Because the player is entering the prime of his career you're really talking about a unique and rare opportunity", Boras said.

However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper.

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He and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado are widely considered the top two free agents in Major League Baseball this offseason. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart.

Harper has attention from several teams as the Phillies and White Sox have publicly admitted interest, even at a high price. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante.

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Putting Harper at first would allow the Yankees to keep their outfield intact and most importantly, keep Aaron Judge in right field. He may not get that much - or at least not that many years - but it does seem that there's been an effort from Harper's camp to shift the overton window on just how much Harper could ultimately earn this offseason. With that said, he also homered 23 times, drove in 54 runs and walked 78 times prior to the All-Star Break, so his first-half only disappointing by the high standards that he's set for himself. Harper posted a slash line of.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs in 2018, and has a.900 career OPS with 184 homers.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak. However, the Phillies are now seen as the frontrunner to land Harper this offseason.