Early Rumors On The Bryce Harper Market

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The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the Harper situation Tuesday and acknowledged that the team has a talented options in the outfield without Harper if he were to sign elsewhere.

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.

According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers tried to acquire Harper twice during the 2018 season.

Agent Scott Boras held a press conference at the GM meetings and, as expected, he went off on a number of things, including teams intentionally tanking and the free agency of his client Bryce Harper. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart.

Now that Harper is officially a free agent, he can negotiate with any team. Hence why so many players have taken so long to sign contracts in recent years. Even though Harper is still only 26, a 14-year deal with an average annual value of $30 million per season felt a bit excessive. 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 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. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface".

"Bank on it", Nightengale wrote of the Phillies signing Harper. 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. Bryce Harper is arguably the best player on the market.

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