Harper, Phillies agree to $330M, 13-year deal

Harper had reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Harper's deal will not have an opt-out clause, per the player's request.

Finally, a note on the context of this pact.

Scherzer and Harper now are division rivals and won't have to wait long to face each other when the Nats and Phillies meet for the first time in the regular season April 2.

Harper will see his former team very early in the 2019 season as the Phillies will play the Nationals in Washington on April 2.

For Harper, it appears that money truly was the bottom line in his free agency decision - far from a surprise considering he's a Scott Boras client. It's one thing to get outbid or have the player choose another team, but not even making a serious attempt to sign either of them? He led the NL in walks a year ago and has posted a.279 average over his career, with 184 home runs and 521 RBIs.

"The goal was to get the longest contract possible".

The deal averages out to $25.4 million per season, the 14th highest AAV in Major League Baseball history.

All of that after they'd already signed Andrew McCutchen and upgraded the shortstop position by trading for Jean Segura. He hit 34 home runs with 100 RBIs and was an All-Star for the sixth time in his career.

A short distance from the baseball field, Harper family friend Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock said the deal good for the sport. They also gave ace Aaron Nola a $45 million, four-year deal.

A year after going 82-80 and missing the playoffs under rookie manager Dave Martinez, the Nationals will move forward without Harper. It took until almost March for Harper to get signed, but he will be staying in the NL East.


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