Bryce Harper & Phillies reportedly agree to $330m deal
Bryce Harper has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, ending a long-running drama over which MLB team would land the superstar outfielder.
According to multiple reports, Harper and the Phillies are finalising a 13-year, $330million deal.
The reported agreement ends months of speculation about Harper's future.
At least a dozen teams were said to have met or planned to meet with the right fielder. The 26-year-old Harper reportedly met with the Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
The Washington Nationals were also interested in retaining their star, although Harper had reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300m offer from them at the end of the 2018 season.
The Nats recently substantially increased their offer, according to a report from The Athletic.
The Harper news comes nearly two weeks after the Padres and infielder Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300m deal, the largest contract in the history of American sports.
According to multiple reports, Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, were believed to be seeking a deal in the $400m range, although as the 2019 season approached observers believed he would not get anywhere near that amount.
"Because the player is entering the prime of his career you're really talking about a unique and rare opportunity," Boras told reporters in November. "Anyone who's done what Bryce Harper has done at 25, if you've done that, you're almost a lock to be a Hall of Fame player."
The 2015 National League MVP hit 34 home runs and a career-high 100 RBIs in his seventh season with the Nationals.