Bryce Harper Turned Down $300 Million Contract From Nationals

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But people familiar with the offer also indicate it is now off the table, an offer meant to capitalize on the Nationals' exclusive negotiating rights with Harper that stood for five weeks until the 26-year-old officially became a free agent. It's not hard to see why Phillies managing partner John Middleton, along with general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail, would be willing to issue a historic contract to Harper to play his home games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. It will give them one of the best and more productive players in the game. With each 26 years old, they are both expected to sign two of the most lucrative contracts in Major League Baseball history. That offer included no opt-outs, and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper could receive, according to a person with direct knowledge who would not disclose the exact terms. The contract did not match the $325 million that the Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton in 2014, however, which is likely why Harper turned it down.

If the Phillies decided to make an offer that topped Stanton, they could top the Nationals' offer and top Stanton's contract by offering a deal worth $330 million over 10 years. They signed "in a non-rights market", Boras said - one in which multiple teams could not bid on his services.

Citing a "well-place source", Olney says Harper is "not going to be a Yankee". It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

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Boras tabbed Harper as a "generational" and "iconic" player - citing the Nationals' stark increase in attendance, television ratings and overall franchise value since Harper joined the team. Zack Greinke ($34 million), David Price ($31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) all got more.

Harper in the middle of that lineup could certainly help the team break its three-year playoff drought. Max Scherzer got exactly $US30 million.

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