Harper is expected to earn $25.3 million annually over the life of the reported contract, which should give the Phillies some additional payroll flexibility. About a third of that was deferred money that wouldn't fully be paid out until he was around the age of 60.
Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is a six-time All-Star and was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012. The former Washington Nationals outfielder was the big fish the team coveted all offseason and after fending off the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, they got their man.
The deal might have even been for less than $300 million, according to Fancred Sports. He hit.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a 135 wRC+, leading all of Major League Baseball with 130 walks.
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The Bryce Harper saga is finally over. Harper wore a headband with the D.C. flag's design, reflecting his oft-stated pride in playing for Washington.
But that eventually ran its course.
I don't know about you, but I cannot believe the Yankees passed on two elite prime-aged talents like Harper and Machado after developing a cheap homegrown core and resetting their luxury tax rate previous year. If they didn't get Harper and waited, they may have never had an opportunity to sign someone like a Mike Trout or Mookie Betts.