Dodgers offered Puig to Nats in Bryce Harper trade
Dodgers offered Puig to Nats in Bryce Harper trade
MLB team offered star the richest deal ever in US sport. He said no
09 November, 2018, 04:00
Mike Rizzo says the Nationals are open to more negotiations with Harper in the future, and Scott Boras feels the same.
Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300-million deal from Washington in September. The deal would have been the second-richest in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014, and the third-richest in sports history. Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins, but now has $270 million remaining over the next 10 years following his trade to the Yankees. The first time was before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the second was when they claimed him before the waiver deadline but the Washington Nationals pulled Harper back, as expected. If LA does decide to make a run at Harper, they would likely still look to move Puig this offseason.
If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a backup in centre. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.
"You have an iconic player, " Boras said. "There is a reality that we would love to sign him, but we may not".
That Nationals offer may be off the table in its current form, but Boras rarely lets a high-spending team drop out of the race for a high-priced client.
Now that Harper is officially a free agent, he can negotiate with any team.
While Harper could be exploring other options, it's still possible he might return to the Nationals. Max Scherzer got exactly $US30 million. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).
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