Phillies may not have as much competition for Harper as assumed

Hope Soto
November 11, 2018

"We didn't get anything done, but he's a guy that is near and dear to us and we're not closing any doors", 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. A team without many financial commitments, such as the Chicago White Sox, could choose to get involved and be aggressive. They offered Harper $300 million for 10 years in a deal that included no opt-outs, according to multiple people familiar with the terms.

Harper headlines one of the most valuable free-agent classes in Major League Baseball history, which also includes infielder Manny Machado, closer Craig Kimbrel and former Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel.

Second, Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, turned that deal down.

The Washington Post and USA Today cited unnamed sources in reporting that the offer was made in September, USA Today saying that the offer officially expired last week when the Nationals lost their exclusive negotiating rights with the star right fielder.

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The Giants and Cardinals appear to be real players for Harper. According to reports, the Nats' offer is now off the table, but the team is still open to a deal. It would take a hefty contract to sign Harper, though, and it remains to be seen if the Dodgers are willing to dish that out. Harper hit 22 home runs as a rookie in the 2012 season when he was only 19 years old, and he'll be 26 years old for the entirety of the 2019 regular season.

At the general managers' meetings - where Boras is expected to address the media on Wednesday - Cashman smiled and said, "I don't know" when asked whether Harper could handle such a transition. Even if the market moves faster than last year's.

Harper is a six-time All-Star with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 on-base plus slugging percentage.

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