NL East offseason grades: Where Mets rank after Bryce Harper signing

Mar 02, 2019, 00:47
NL East offseason grades: Where Mets rank after Bryce Harper signing

Bryce Harper's blockbuster deal to play for Philadelphia has set the baseball world on fire, but long before he became baseball's highest-paid man to date he was turning heads in Las Vegas.

Finally, a note on the context of this pact.

The MLB Network was first to report the news of the impending deal, which is subject to a successful physical. Any heartfelt dreams of Bryce Harper playing alongside childhood friend and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant are officially over. It's one thing to get outbid or have the player choose another team, but not even making a serious attempt to sign either of them? Over his career he has hit.279 with 184 home runs and 521 RBIs. Yes, the Cano deal was outside-the-box, but that was about it, and even that came with an asterisk of sorts in giving up highly-touted prospect Jarred Kelenic.

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The 13-year contract covers Harper's age 26-38 seasons and comes with a very affordable $25.38M average annual value (and thus luxury tax hit).

After only 130 minor league games, Harper burst on the major league stage in 2012 and won the Rookie of the Year Award. They traded for J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura and signed Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson.

The Phillies are expected to announce Harper's signing at a press conference on Saturday, according to USA Today.

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However, in going to Philadelphia, Harper joins a club that has not reached the postseason since 2011, although their 80-82 record last season showed the Phillies to be a team on the rise.

Philadelphia also gave ace Aaron Nola a $45 million, four-year deal.

Washington never confirmed the exact number, but it was said to be "aggressive".

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