Early Rumors On The Bryce Harper Market

Silvia Morton
November 10, 2018

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It appears if Middleton is serious, Harper is there for the taking - and unless the team blows it, should end up in a Phillies' uniform. Giancarlo Stanton's 2014 deal, which guaranteed him $325 million over 13 seasons, was an extension.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract. The Phils inked a new TV deal four years ago that not only pays out a total of $2.5 billion in rights fees; it also comes with a 25 percent ownership stake in Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that could be worth billions more.

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"They did not pay anywhere near [Harper's] $400 million to $500 million in [true value]", Boras said. "It's historical. It's elite". "And it has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair".

"We've had conversations and we utilized our exclusivity to negotiate with him late in the season through when he became eligible to sign with a team, " Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporter Tuesday, according to ESPN. The San Francisco Giants are not expected to be interested now that the price tag is visible. That would mean a trade to either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Angels. It is no secret that the Dodgers have been enamored with Harper for quite some time now.

"Offers come to you by the original club prior to free agency are merely olive-branch offers to let you know of great interest in the player and wanting to define a continued relationship with the player", Boras said. You're really talking about a unique and rare opportunity.

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