Agents and executives reportedly believe Phillies will land Bryce Harper

Heather Diaz
November 10, 2018

They offered Harper $300 million for 10 years in a deal that included no opt-outs, according to multiple people familiar with the terms.

Harper will enter the open market as one of the most sought-after free agents in recent memory.

The Yankees are already paying some incredibly large contracts, including that of Giancarlo Stanton, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins last winter.

Putting Harper at first would allow the Yankees to keep their outfield intact and most importantly, keep Aaron Judge in right field. For years now, Boras has been selling Harper as a talent so rare he could command more than $400 million, and when presented with that number this week, he joked, "Why be so limiting?"

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At MLB general managers' meetings Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras and said that "we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season" to negotiate with the star outfielder. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

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. National League Rookie of the Year candidate Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and Victor Robles could start on Opening Day for Washington.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said. For the moment, it seems he and Boras will explore options elsewhere. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients.

No position player has ever received a deal worth more than $27.5 million average annual value.

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