It took Bryce Harper nearly four months to find a new home in baseball, but the hunt is finally over. Thursday the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to sign the former Nationals outfielder to a 13 year, $330 million deal.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the breakdown of the contract is the following:
2019: $10M (plus $20M signing bonus)
This deal makes it the biggest free agent signing in MLB history. As lukewarm as the free agent market has suddenly become, this record may stand for quite a while. Again, it took Harper almost four months to get this deal.
The Washington Nationals wanted to resign Bryce Harper. They offered him a ten-year, $300 deal. The difference with that deal and the Phillies deal was more than three years and $30 million. Reportedly $100 million of that offer was deferred. The Nationals deal would pay Harper until he was 60 years old.
Harper doesn’t strike me as the type of man who spends a lot of time thinking about his life as a 60-year-old man. That alone makes the Nationals offer less than legitimate. At the same time, they can tell the Nationals faithful they offered Harper $300 million, but he wasn’t interested.
It’s always strange when a player jumps teams in the same division. Philly fans have hated Bryce Harper for years. Now he’s the star on their team. Conversely, National fans have spent the last seven years worshipping Harper. Now he’s playing for their interdivisional rival.
Bryce Harper is a jerk
I’ve never liked Bryce Harper. He made his professional baseball debut playing for the Hagerstown Suns, a minor league team in the Washington Nationals organization. Let’s just say he didn’t impress me.
Will Philly fans end up feeling the same way? Considering they will be exposed to his antics for the next 13 years, the chances are good.