Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Cardinals reportedly not all that interested in Bryce Harper

Cardinals reportedly not all that interested in Bryce Harper

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was offered a 10-year, $300 million contract by the club towards the end of the 2018 season, according to ESPN.

Agent Scott Boras held a press conference at the GM meetings and, as expected, he went off on a number of things, including teams intentionally tanking and the free agency of his client Bryce Harper.

An wonderful amount to turn down - as it would be the biggest free-agent deal in terms of total money in the history of the four major sport - but also almost $100 million short of what Harper and agent Scott Boras are seeking.

The 2015 National League MVP, Harper hit.249 last season with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs as the Nationals missed the playoffs.

However, his quick rejection of the deal doesn't exactly inspire hope he'll be returning to Washington.

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Nightengale now says that the Dodgers aren't interested in Harper, and the Cubs, ironically, seemed to put a dent in their chances to be able to afford Harper when they exercised Cole Hamels' $20 million option for 2019 last week.

Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.

Getting his deal off the books would not only allow the Yankees to sign Harper and play him every day at first base but would not break the bank should they pursue big-name pitchers to improve their greatest weakness, the starting rotation.

He has 10 years left on a 13-year, $325 million contract where he'll be making between $26 million and $32 million every year through the 2028 season. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". However, the Phillies are now seen as the frontrunner to land Harper this offseason. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients.

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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