Bryce Harper rejects 10-year, $300M offer from Nationals

Florence Fletcher
November 8, 2018

The Washington Nationals offered Bryce Harper the biggest free agent contract in the history of the four major sports in late September and he and his agent turned it down.

Washington tried to lock up Harper with one of the richest deals in baseball history before he became a free agent, but he opted to test the market.

It looks like, as of now, the serious teams competing for Harper are the Phillies, the Giants, and the Cardinals.

"It's going to be a challenge to put the best product on the field, and that could include Harper and it could be doing things without Harper, " Rizzo said. Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins, but now has $270 million remaining over the next 10 years following his trade to the Yankees.

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.

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An wonderful amount to turn down - as it would be the biggest free-agent deal in terms of total money in the history of the four major sport - but also almost $100 million short of what Harper and agent Scott Boras are seeking.

Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench.

That means they'll have to spend some money this winter, and according to Jon Morosi of, the White Sox are interested in both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen. According to reports, the Nats' offer is now off the table, but the team is still open to a deal. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

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