Phillies confirm Harper deal
The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed the arrival of MLB star Bryce Harper in a huge deal.
Reports emerged of Harper's 13-year, $330million deal on Thursday but the contract was not announced by the Phillies until Friday.
In a tweet, the Phillies posted a picture with the captain, "We got him" – ending months of speculation.
The lucrative contract does not include any opt-outs, while Harper also has a no-trade clause.
We got him. pic.twitter.com/VdoH54Hg5F— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 2, 2019
According to reports, at least a dozen teams had met or planned to meet with the slugging outfielder.
The 26-year-old Harper reportedly met with the Phillies, San Francisco Giants, White Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Padres.
The Washington Nationals were also interested in retaining their long-time star, although Harper had reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300m offer at the end of the 2018 season.
Washington reportedly offered "much more" than that recently, according to The Athletic.
The Harper news comes nearly two weeks after the San Diego Padres and infielder Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300m deal – the largest contract in the history of American sports in terms of average annual value.
Harper – 2015 National League MVP, who turned 26 in October – hit 34 home runs, with a .889 OPS and career-high 100 RBIs in his seventh season with the Nationals.