Bryce Harper Reaches Deal With Phillies

Reports: Harper spurns D-backs rivals Dodgers, Giants to sign with Phillies

Amid reports Thursday that the 26-year-old outfielder has agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, his agent Scott Boras said the length of the deal was Harper's top priority.

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). The deal does not contain any opt-outs or deferred money and will keep the outfielder in Philadelphia through 2032. That appears to have changed, and it could be what ultimately puts the six-time All-Star in the Bay Area for years to come.

The Phillies were presumably the highest bidder among several teams reportedly interested in Harper's services including the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and his former Washington Nationals.

Only one of the two biggest free agents in baseball this offseason will sign with an NL West team.

The former National League MVP, number one overall pick, and teenage phenom slots into the middle of the Phillies lineup and takes over right field, a position that has been barren of talent since Harper's former teammate Jayson Werth left after the 2010 season.

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There was talk all offseason that Harper passed up a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals.

Harper hit.247 with 34 homers, 100 RBIs, and had an on-base percentage of.393 last season. Still, the Phillies are presently relying on a trio of unproven starters - Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin, Vince Velasquez - behind ace Aaron Nola and veteran Jake Arrieta.

But that eventually ran its course.

Harper had reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals.

But while the Nationals advanced to the playoffs in four of Harper's first six seasons, they did not reach the postseason previous year, finishing a disappointing 82-80, while ending the season eight games back in the National League East.

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