Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

Phillies’ positional needs centered on but not limited to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

Though it feels unlikely that he'll have a better season than his 2015 National League MVP season - a season in which he hit.330 with 42 home runs and a staggering 9.3 fWAR - many of his best career years should still be in front of him.

Harper will enter the open market as one of the most sought-after free agents in recent memory.

Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports.

It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself.

Boras represents Harper and not Machado, and you can probably guess which one he thinks is the true.

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Harper will test the market in search of a more lucrative contract this winter along with other notable free agents, such as infielder Manny Machado. Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins, but now has $270 million remaining over the next 10 years following his trade to the Yankees.

The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn't include any opt-outs and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper would receive after he and his agent Scott Boras held discussions throughout September.

Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value. It was not enough.

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