Sports: Bryce Harper Sets Record Contract

by Nikolas Molina

Three weeks into spring training, Bryce Harper has reportedly agreed to a 13 year, $330 million contact with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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According to The New York Times, the deal was confirmed by a person with direct knowledge of it, who was granted anonymity because the Phillies had not yet announced it.

The length of this contract and Harper’s age (26) ultimately leaves him to spend the rest of his career with the Phillies.

This is the largest contract to ever be signed in the MLB and in North American sports, beating Manny Machado’s recent 10-year, $300 million and Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million extension.

Harper officially went through a successful physical this past Saturday and is officially a Philadelphia Phillie.

The 26-year old will receive a $10 million salary for this season, $26 million for 9 seasons after that, and the last three he will receive $22 million. Also, Harper will receive $20 million in bonuses.

He denied a 10 year, $300 million dollar contract from the Washington Nationals, denying this offer gave us insight on the riches he would actually receive from another organization. Leading up to this agreement with Philadelphia, the Dodgers showed a huge amount of interest in Harper. According to CBS Sports, the Dodgers were reportedly willing to offer Harper $45 million per year for 4 years.

Harper spent his first seven years in the league with the Washington Nationals. Harper was drafted first overall by the Nationals in 2010. He made his debut in 2012, reeling in 59 RBI’s and 22 home runs en route to winning the Rookie of the Year. In 2015, he won the Most Valuable Player award having ultimately his best season batting .330 with a .460 on-base percentage, 42 home runs, and 99 RBIs.

With the Nationals holding the 2018 All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby, Bryce Harper decided to take part in the Home Run Derby. The crowd was ecstatic filled with Harper’s jersey giving him a big home field advantage ultimately leading him to his victory.

Phillies acquiring Bryce Harper ends their very active offseason with their fifth all-star caliber free agent. Adding catcher J.T. Realmuto, shortstop Jean Segura, left fielder Andrew McCutchen and relief pitcher David Robertson.

The lineup for this season will look like this,

  • Cesar Hernandez (2B)
  • Bryce Harper (RF)
  • Jean Segura (SS)
  • Rhys Hoskins (1B)
  • J.T. Realmuto (C)
  • Andrew McCutchen (LF)
  • Odubel Herrera (CF)
  • Maikel Franco (3B)
  • Aaron Nola (SP)

The Phillies went 16-33 in their last 49 games of last season and finished with a 80-82 record, the sixth straight year of a losing record. They have not made the playoffs since 2011.

With all the additions to the Phillies roster some may argue that they will be playoff contenders. Having a lot of star power added to their team and having well rounded players will allow for a solid defense and offense.

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