Harper agrees to 13-year, $330M deal with Phillies

May JohnsonMar 02, 2019

Bryce Harper has just set the bar for sports contracts in North America: $330 million.

Jon Heyman was the first to break the news of Harper signing with the Phillies for $330 million. Rosenthal also adds Harper has a full no-trade clause and there is no deferred money.

Harper, 26, is a six-time All-Star who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nationals. Over the last handful of days, it seemed to come down to the Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants vying for Harper's.

Following a slow off-season of negotiations that sparked outrage from the players' association, three players in a 10-day span agreed to deals guaranteeing a total of $890 million.

Last year, he hit 34 homers and produced a career-high 100 RBIs while walking 130 times, although his batting average dipped to.249.

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In any case, the Giants won't have to face him upwards of 20 times per season for the next decade-plus, and regardless of what you think of the contract he received, there's no denying Harper's vast talent.

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.

On Thursday, Mike Francesa began his show with his reaction to the news that the league's most sought after free agent had finally signed with a team. Is he gonna hit home runs in that park? The deal would have allowed Harper to become a free agent again at age 30, setting up another huge payday.

But that eventually ran its course.

According to Major League Baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Nationals' offer to Harper was for his desired $300 million, but in name only.

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