File this one away in the "Take it for what it's worth" category. Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.
It was reported Wednesday that Bryce Harper turned down a 10-year, $300 million contract offer from the Washington Nationals, the team's seemingly final attempt to keep him from exploring the free agent market. The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report.
Boras said he defines "generational player" as: 1.
Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to go to great lengths to acquire Bryce Harper a few months ago.
Although the Phillies having interest in Harper is not surprising, the idea that they might actually land him is. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart.
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There also appeared to be a stage underneath the scoreboard, leading some to speculate that the White Sox had a surprise announcement to make. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante. Major League Baseball teams had five days to negotiate with their own free agents following the end of the World Series. Elite performance, and Boras particularly noted that Harper's 1.109 OPS in his NL MVP 2015 was the only one of the 2010s over 1.100, and just Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols have reached that level in the last 16 seasons. 3. It may not have been.
The Phillies caught fire to start the 2018 season, surging to 31-23 at the end of May, to a 2 1/2-game NL East lead in late July, and to a season-best 15 games above.500 on August 7.
The six-time All-Star has hit 184 home runs and driven in 521 RBI over his seven-year career.
For some time now, as it became apparent Harper would enter free agency this year, it was speculated that he would become a New York Yankee.
Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.