Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals

Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals

The system is now perversely set up to encourage teams to go to one extreme or the other in terms of competitiveness, which hurts the overall product as well as specific things like the free agent market.

At MLB general managers' meetings Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras and said that "we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season" to negotiate with the star outfielder. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

In the meantime, Harper will continue to field offers from other teams in hopes of landing a record-setting deal. "We didn't get anything done, but he's a guy that is near and dear to us and we are not closing any doors".




Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team.

Bryce Harper may have rejected a 10-year, $300 million deal from the Washington Nationals on the final day of the regular season, but that doesn't necessarily mean his tenure with the club is over. "He's not going to be a Yankee". But a well placed source told ESPN's Buster Olney on Wednesday that the New York Yankees won't be one of the team's in the bidding.

"He's shown the type of player he is and now he's a grizzled veteran", Rizzo said. Just how big his contract will be remains to be seen; however, he's already turned down a massive deal. He's represented the Nationals at six All-Star games in seven seasons and has 184 career home runs. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients. "But I'm uncomfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him".

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