Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

Bryce Harper

It would take a hefty contract to sign Harper, though, and it remains to be seen if the Dodgers are willing to dish that out.

On the last day of Washington's final homestand during the 2018 season, the Nationals reportedly offered Bryce Harper a contract extension worth $300 million over 10 years. But for now, the Nationals made an offer that maintained a solid relationship with Harper while giving him what the team saw as fair market value. Despite Los Angeles making a trade offer, the teams "could not strike a deal", reports the Times.

The Dodgers inquired about acquiring Harper from the Nationals before July's trade deadline and later claimed him off waivers in August.

"He's shown the type of player he is, and now he's a grizzled veteran, " Rizzo said.

It gained even more traction earlier this week when Harper's agent, Scott Boras, told MLB Network Radio that the 26-year-old right fielder would be a more-than-capable first baseman.

However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper. For years now, Boras has been selling Harper as a talent so rare he could command more than $400 million, and when presented with that number this week, he joked, "Why be so limiting?" With just over a month until the MLB Winter Meetings, it doesn't appear that a decision from Harper (or any major free-agent) is imminent.

Rosenthal's sources say the Cardinals are more interested in corner infield help than adding another outfielder, and they may explore the possibility of trading for Arizona Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt.

The general consensus at the GM meetings had the Phillies as favorites to land Bryce Harper. Though the Nationals weren't able to save their season after the All-Star Break, Harper played at an MVP caliber following the midsummer classic, slashing.300/.434/.538 with 11 home runs, 46 RBIs and 52 walks in the second-half of the 2018 season.

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