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Bryce Harper rejected 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

Bryce Harper rejected 10-year, $300M offer from Nats”

That offer included no opt-outs, and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper could receive, according to a person with direct knowledge who would not disclose the exact terms.

So where does that leave Harper and the Nationals now?

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract. Importantly, both sides felt the offer was legitimate and respectful. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Mike Rizzo acknowledged Tuesday his team can not afford to wait around.

Major League Baseball free-agency began on Saturday and the winter meetings will be held from December 9-13 in Las Vegas. National League Rookie of the Year candidate Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and Victor Robles could start on Opening Day for Washington. It will cost them roughly $13 million. It's not hard to see why Phillies managing partner John Middleton, along with general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail, would be willing to issue a historic contract to Harper to play his home games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

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

It's not a surprise that the Nationals would try to make sure Harper didn't hit free agency, but this is still pretty interesting. But for now, the Nationals made an offer that maintained a solid relationship with Harper while giving him what the team saw as fair market value. Max Scherzer got exactly $US30 million.

Average annual value would have been $30 million, USA Today Sports's Bob Nightengale reports. It was not enough.



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