Bryce Harper Rejected 'Aggressive Offer' From Nationals

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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.

At the general managers meetings on Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed that the team had engaged in talks with Harper's agent, Scott Boras. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.

It's always been thought that the Nationals will not be able to out-spend the likes of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for Harper's services in 2019 and beyond.

Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports. Giglio says he would call it a "failure" if John Middleton is unable to land Harper. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart. For years now, Boras has been selling Harper as a talent so rare he could command more than $400 million, and when presented with that number this week, he joked, "Why be so limiting?"

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Harper will test the market in search of a more lucrative contract this winter along with other notable free agents, such as infielder Manny Machado.

No position player has ever received a deal worth more than $27.5 million average annual value. It may not have been. It will cost them roughly $US13 million. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface". 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.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen.

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