Bryce Harper Turned Down $300 Million Contract From Nationals

Phillies’ positional needs centered on but not limited to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

Phillies’ positional needs centered on but not limited to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

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.

Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports.

Janes added, "Important on Harper: Both sides considered this a respectful offer". Teams do make token offers now and then, to save face or push the price up for rivals. 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.

Harper did not accept the initial offer and the two parties could not reach a deal while the former MVP was still under contract with the Nationals, which meant Washington held exclusive negotiating rights with Harper until he hit the open market.

USA Today reported that Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million deal from Washington.

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

Major League Baseball free-agency began on Saturday and the winter meetings will be held from December 9-13 in Las Vegas. 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.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said. "I think we have a good strategy in place, a good plan in place, and we have started to begin that process and we will see where it takes us".

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

Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team.

No position player has ever received a deal worth more than $27.5 million average annual value. Max Scherzer got exactly $30 million. It was not enough.

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