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.
Yes, the Angels fit the geography requirement too, but Stanton has made it clear he wants to play for a victor after all those years in Miami.
It matters because the Dodgers are probably the only team for which Stanton would waive his no-trade clause, allowing the native Southern Californian to play close to home. Bryce Harper is arguably the best player on the market. It will cost them roughly $US13 million. Indeed, he wound up signing off on a huge free-agent shopping spree that seemed to be at least partly in response to Robinson Cano signing with the Mariners.
The total worth of Harper's next contract will largely be determined by its length, but the six-time All-Star is expected to ink a deal worth at least $31 million per year, according to Spotrac. 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.
We'll see how it plays out.
Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals
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. 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.
However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper.
Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.
This is the player they're going to get.
The debate over where the stars would land has raged for months, and according to a new column from USA Today Sports MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the Phillies are the leaders in the clubhouse for Harper. He reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300 million contact the Nationals offered him at the end of the regular season, presumably believing his agent, Scott Boras, will secure him a more lucrative one that includes opt-out years.