It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself.
Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.
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.
Since Harper was under contract with the Nationals at the time, they had exclusive rights to negotiate with him.
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The free agent outfielder declined the offer and opted for free agency. Looks like they want to get the bad taste of Dexter Fowler's deal out of their mouth and throw some more money to big-name free agents! A source close to Harper's situation said: "he's not going to be a Yankee".
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract. "I think we have a good strategy in place, a good plan in place, and we have started to begin that process and we will see where it takes us".
USA Today reported that Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million deal from Washington.
That $33 million average would, however, fall slightly short of the $34.1 million that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Greinke makes. A bidding war could get Harper to his $400 million very quickly. How high will they go?