Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Major League Baseball star Bryce Harper rejects $300M offer from Nationals

Major League Baseball star Bryce Harper rejects $300M offer from Nationals

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract.

It's likely Harper won't be back in Washington after the Nationals star reportedly turned down a massive offer from them, and the 25-year-old probably will seek a lucrative, long-term deal. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.

Boras represents Harper and not Machado, and you can probably guess which one he thinks is the true. The deal would have been the second-richest in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014, and the third-richest in sports history.

The free agent outfielder declined the offer and opted for free agency.

"He's a guy that is near and dear to us and we are not closing any doors", Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday in discussing Harper, a six-time All-Star and the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

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"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.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen.

That Nationals offer may be off the table in its current form, but Boras rarely lets a high-spending team drop out of the race for a high-priced client. 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. 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.

The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

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