Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals

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That would mean a trade to either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Angels.

It's somewhat terrifying to think what Harper might be capable of playing 81 games a year at Citizens Bank Park.

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

"Well, certainly, Harper's bazaar has begun", Boras proclaimed.

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. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante.

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As Allen pointed out, Harper's timing is interesting, as he has become a free agent after his contract with the Nationals expired at the conclusion of the 2018 season. 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. 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?" 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. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

In order to afford Harper, the Yankees might have to explore the option of dealing Stanton, who has a no-trade clause. Just how big his contract will be remains to be seen; however, he's already turned down a massive deal. The six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP boasts 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 OPS during his six-year career in Washington.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

Many in the industry believe star outfielder Bryce Harper's final destination for next season will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month.

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