Agents and executives reportedly believe Phillies will land Bryce Harper

Trading for J.T. Realmuto would be a real catch for Phillies | Extra Innings

But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

Harper will enter the open market as one of the most sought-after free agents in recent memory. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes). 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.

According to USA Today, which cited persons with direct knowledge of the proposed deal, the offer would have paid Harper an average of $30 million per year but expired after the Nats lost exclusive negotiating rights last week. The contract did not match the $325 million that the Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton in 2014, however, which is likely why Harper turned it down. A source close to Harper's situation said: "he's not going to be a Yankee".

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more.

The good news for the Phillies is that they might be bidding against only a few teams, and perhaps none as attractive as the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are among the teams that have been rumored as potential landing spots for Harper. In meetings with team owners, Boras said he has made it a point to note in documents shared that "I know that anyone who's done what Bryce Harper has". Harper will soon finally be available to sign with other teams after years of speculation about the Washington Nationals star's future. How high will they go? A bidding war could get Harper to his $400 million very quickly.



Latest news

White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta
As I told the officer, I don't blame him. 'I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN , ' he snapped. Mr Acosta's press pass was later cancelled amid accusations that he "placed his hands" on the intern .

Virat Kohli may have violated his central contract with 'leave India' statement
I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. Kohli scored 453 runs in the recently concluded one day worldwide series against West Indies.

Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms
She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar , who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota. But the Republicans have tightened its hold on the Senate with 51 candidates so far winning seats.

Multiple people shot as gunman opens fire in California bar
Witnesses said they had spoken to friends who escaped the shooting, which took place during a popular student night at the bar. They said that soon after the gunman opened fire, victims were running to a nearby petrol station to get help.

Plzen vs. Real Madrid live stream
All matches are different, you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition for your objectives and think about the next game.

Other news