All signs point to Bryce Harper leaving Washington this offseason.
The Nationals star had an opportunity to sign a 10-year mega contract worth approximately $300 million with the team in late September, but rejected the club’s offer, according to multiple reports.
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. However, the team is still open to a different deal.
So, how does Harper’s offer compare to other big contracts? 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. Meanwhile, Mike Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million extension with the Angels in 2014 that earned him a league-high $34.083 million last season.
Harper will test the market in search of a more lucrative contract this winter along with other notable free agents, such as infielder Manny Machado.
Harper, 26, was selected No. 1 overall by the Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft and made his major league debut in 2012. The six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP boasts 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a .900 OPS during his six-year career in Washington.
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