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Bryce Harper rejected 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

Bryce Harper rejected 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

The Yankees are considered a long shot to sign Harper, but they are among the favorites to land Machado.

According to USA Today, which cited persons with direct knowledge of the proposed deal, the offer would have paid Harper an average of $30 million per year but expired after the Nats lost exclusive negotiating rights last week.

"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, " Nationals' general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday, via ESPN.com.

Regardless of what the New York Yankees say during the early parts of this offseason, they will continuously be linked to free-agent megastar Bryce Harper. A team without many financial commitments, such as the Chicago White Sox, could choose to get involved and be aggressive. Doing so while acquiring Harper and also addressing their needs in the starting rotation probably isn't possible.

Harper, who turned 26 last month, is expected to receive the largest contract among the 164 free agents.

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When a team is offering a player like Harper at his age a deal like that, there's little to no chance he'd accept it unless a no-trade clause were inserted.

Harper headlines one of the most valuable free-agent classes in Major League Baseball history, which also includes infielder Manny Machado, closer Craig Kimbrel and former Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel. It will cost them roughly $US13 million. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". For the moment, it seems he and Boras will explore options elsewhere.

Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen.

One solution could be to move Harper to left field, if he is willing to do so, or the Dodgers could again look to trade Puig and upgrade at another area of need. Hence why so many players have taken so long to sign contracts in recent years.


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