Harper to draw ‘historical’ offers — Major League Baseball free agency


Now that Harper is officially a free agent, he can negotiate with any team.

Reports emerged Wednesday morning that Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' last offer worth $300 million over 10 years.

While Harper could be exploring other options, it's still possible he might return to the Nationals.

"Offers come to you by the original club prior to free agency are merely olive-branch offers to let you know of great interest in the player and wanting to define a continued relationship with the player", Boras said. Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.

The top target on the free agent market turned down what would have been one of the most lucrative deals in Major League Baseball history.

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The minute the Boston Red Sox closed out the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series, the eyes of the baseball world turned to a free agent class that features two of the biggest names in the sport: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

In a conversation with The Post, Boras said in Harper's time with the Nationals, the club's value climbed more than four times, attendance increased by 600,000 and TV ratings tripled, and that his client had a substantial hand in those rises.

Boras said he defines "generational player" as: 1.

At just 26-years-old Harper has won Rookie of the Year and an MVP award. It may not have been. For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.

Harper is a six-time All-Star with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 on-base plus slugging percentage. 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.