Bryce Harper's Nationals offer revealed

Reports: Harper spurns D-backs rivals Dodgers, Giants to sign with Phillies

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and his players learned of the agreement from fans behind Philadelphia's dugout who saw media reports on their mobile devices during a spring training game in Clearwater, Florida. That's a far cry longer than the Dodgers' reported offer, which would seem to indicate Harper was more interested in long-term security than a short-term payoff.

"I think it's important to be happy for what we've got here rather than what we didn't get".

Harper's deal is a new record for overall dollars, topping Giancarlo Stanton's $325-million contract. Bryce wanted 1 city for the rest of his career. "Bryce Harper is a sensational teammate".

Though it's the largest contract in any team sport, Harper's deal is less than that of Canelo Alvarez, who in 2018 signed a five-year deal with streaming sports site DAZN worth $365 million.

The deal averages out to $25.4 million per season, the 14th highest AAV in Major League Baseball history. Because Washington paid luxury tax last season, its compensation pick will be after the fourth round, about 140th.

Even the Colorado Rockies made a big splash this week, signing star third baseman Nolan Arenado to an eight-year contract extension. I would have loved to have played with him.

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Now that Harper's contract is on the books, what else could the Phillies look to do at the tail end of a very busy offseason?

Whether it happens or not, Harper is doing his part. They traded for J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura and signed Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson.

"Pretty cool", Nola said.

The NL East was already the division to watch in 2019 with four serious playoff contenders, but this instantly makes the Phillies a lot better, right atop the division with the Mets, Braves, and Nationals.

The Phillies were presumably the highest bidder among several teams reportedly interested in Harper's services including the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and his former Washington Nationals.

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