Bryce Harper Rejected 'Aggressive Offer' From Nationals

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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. But Boras is probably better known than a lot of the players he represents, after many decades of pronouncements and record-setting contracts, with some high-profile gaffes sprinkled in. It would send a clear message to the city of Philadelphia - they are ready to win right now.

Harper has played for the Washington Nationals since 2012, but many expect him to look elsewhere in free agency. His flawless combination of upside and already impressive resume gives him the argument for the biggest contract in baseball.

Of course, this won't come without a hefty investment considering Harper reportedly declined a massive deal from the Nationals before becoming a free agent.

"It behooves us to have an expiration date", Rizzo told reporters, an indication the Nationals are prepared to move on in their plans without Harper because, as one person familiar with the situation said, they "can't have $300 million dangling out there for months".

Citing a "well-place source", Olney says Harper is "not going to be a Yankee".

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more. Aside from Washington, the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and several other teams are expected to pursue his services.

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File this one away in the "Take it for what it's worth" category. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.

If the Phillies decided to make an offer that topped Stanton, they could top the Nationals' offer and top Stanton's contract by offering a deal worth $330 million over 10 years. Even though Harper is still only 26, a 14-year deal with an average annual value of $30 million per season felt a bit excessive. Stanton's contract is over 13 seasons and has an average salary of $25 million.

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

That would fall short of the $400 million some have projected Harper would get.

But it appears Harper to do the same with multiple suitors in the bidding.

Based off of where things seem to stand right now, however, it sure seems like the Phillies might be able to land Harper for right around 10-years, $350 million - with no opt-outs.

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