MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper will 'eventually' sign with Phillies?

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

While Harper's presence on the Nats is realistically one of the myriad factors that have effected those changes, those types of milestones could very well carry more weight with some franchise owners than with baseball operations leaders.

It was reported Wednesday that Bryce Harper turned down a 10-year, $300 million contract offer from the Washington Nationals, the team's seemingly final attempt to keep him from exploring the free agent market.

While Harper could be exploring other options, it's still possible he might return to the Nationals.

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.

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In a conversation with The Post, Boras said in Harper's time with the Nationals, the club's value climbed more than four times, attendance increased by 600,000 and TV ratings tripled, and that his client had a substantial hand in those rises. Rizzo said that offer is now off the table and the Nationals will go about their business.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are among the teams that have been rumored as potential landing spots for Harper. Hence why so many players have taken so long to sign contracts in recent years. Elite performance, and Boras particularly noted that Harper's 1.109 OPS in his NL MVP 2015 was the only one of the 2010s over 1.100, and just Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols have reached that level in the last 16 seasons. 3. It may not have been. 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.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak. A six-time MLB All-Star, the outfielder hit.249 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs during the 2018 season. Bryce Harper is arguably the best player on the market.

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