Bryce Harper Reportedly Destined To Sign With Phillies: ‘Bank On It’

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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.

First, and possibly the most important, is the recent report that Harper had rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals to remain in Washington. The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report.

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

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

As Allen pointed out, Harper's timing is interesting, as he has become a free agent after his contract with the Nationals expired at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Many in the industry believe star outfielder Bryce Harper's final destination for next season will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month.

Harper is expected to garner interest from a multitude of teams, and among them could be the Los Angeles Dodgers. But players of Harper's caliber rarely reach free agency. He's looking to land something worth $400 million, which would be the richest baseball contract ever, by far.

Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value. Nightengale says that Harper is seeking a 13-year deal that tops the average annual value of $34.42 million that Zack Greinke now has in his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He did start in a home All-Star Game at Nationals Park, but Harper hit just.214 in the first-half of the 2018 season. He led the league in home runs, runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS in 2015 when he won the AL MVP award.

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

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