Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value. According to reports, the Nats' offer is now off the table, but the team is still open to a deal. It is no secret that the Dodgers have been enamored with Harper for quite some time now.
With Harper playing a majority of his games in right fielder the last few years, it makes sense that Puig would become expendable if it meant acquiring a player of Harper's caliber. Nightengale now says that the Dodgers aren't interested in Harper, and the Cubs, ironically, seemed to put a dent in their chances to be able to afford Harper when they exercised Cole Hamels' $20 million option for 2019 last week. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante. 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. The Nationals wanted to lock up their star, but Harper felt $30 million per year for the next decade wasn't enough money.
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Free agent Major League Baseball superstar Bryce Harper turned down an offer from his current team, the Washington Nationals, that would have made him one of the highest-paid players in U.S. 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.
Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag. Just how big his contract will be remains to be seen; however, he's already turned down a massive deal.
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Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak. Harper has performed well at Citizens Bank Park in his career, hitting 14 of his 184 career home runs at CBP, which is good for the second-highest total of any ball park he's played in behind his home stadium.
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