Early Rumors On The Bryce Harper Market

Report: Bryce Harper Turned Down $300 Million Contract From Nationals

"Bank on it", Nightengale wrote of the Phillies signing Harper.

But people familiar with the offer also indicate that it is now off the table, an offer meant to capitalise on the Nationals' exclusive negotiating rights with Harper that stood for five weeks until he officially became a free agent.

On the last day of the 2018 season, star outfielder Bryce Harper turned down a long-term "aggressive offer" by the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Post. Nightengale now says that the $300 million offer is no longer in play.

At the general managers meetings on Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed that the team had engaged in talks with Harper's agent, Scott Boras.

"Well, certainly, Harper's bazaar has begun", Boras proclaimed. For years now, Boras has been selling Harper as a talent so rare he could command more than $400 million, and when presented with that number this week, he joked, "Why be so limiting?"

Harper is expected to garner interest from a multitude of teams, and among them could be the Los Angeles Dodgers.

However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper. The Yankees would have had to find a way to jam Harper into their lineup, possibly by playing him at first base.

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. It would take a hefty contract to sign Harper, though, and it remains to be seen if the Dodgers are willing to dish that out. 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.

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