Bryce Harper and the Phillies have agreed to a record-breaking contract $330 million deal over 13-years !!!
Harper, 26, is a six-time All-Star and was one of the most prominent free agents in recent years, who was reportedly also pursued by the Dodgers and Giants. His decision ends months of speculation as to which team he would sign with after reportedly turning down an offer from the Nationals, his first and former team.
Despite hitting 23 home runs in the first half of 2018, Harper’s other numbers (.214/.365/.468) were down, leading some to wonder whether the pressure of playing for an enormous contract was impacting his play. A solid second half (.300/.434/.538, 11 homers in 65 games) helped alleviate those concerns and sent him into the offseason as one of the top two free agents, along with infielder Manny Machado.