Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Scott Boras: Why a $300 million Bryce Harper offer wasn't close

Scott Boras: Why a $300 million Bryce Harper offer wasn't close

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.

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

So where does that leave Harper and the Nationals now? With each 26 years old, they are both expected to sign two of the most lucrative contracts in Major League Baseball history.

Harper will test the market in search of a more lucrative contract this winter along with other notable free agents, such as infielder Manny Machado. Importantly, both sides felt the offer was legitimate and respectful.

Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports. It's fair to wonder if the Nationals didn't want to make their best offer off-the-bat, though Harper rejecting such a deal is a good indication that the Scott Boras client plans to sign with highest bidder this offseason, something Boras clients tend to do.

If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a backup in centre. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper returning)", Rizzo said.

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

Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

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