Second, Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, turned that deal down. With just over a month until the MLB Winter Meetings, it doesn't appear that a decision from Harper (or any major free-agent) is imminent. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).
The Nationals have removed their 10-year, $300 million offer, but still remain hopeful they can keep Harper in town.
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. Boras has already made clear that he'll be marketing Harper as a future Hall of Famer, given that the few players who've reached Harper's level of production prior to the age of 26 are virtually all enshrined in Cooperstown.More news: Tesla says Robyn Denholm of Telstra to be new board chair
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If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals' outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field, with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a back-up in centre. It will cost them roughly $13 million. "I think we have a good strategy in place, a good plan in place, and we have started to begin that process and we will see where it takes us". It turns out that he rejected a contract offer from the team that very day.
Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer.
USA Today reported that Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million deal from Washington. That means more than the $325 million that Stanton got, and likely considerably more. Max Scherzer got exactly $30 million.