Dodgers Claimed Bryce Harper, Offered Yasiel Puig In Trade

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

File this one away in the "Take it for what it's worth" category. No deal is official and no announcement has been made.

Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports. The deal would have included Yasiel Puig.

"He's shown the type of player he is, and now he's a grizzled veteran, " Rizzo said.

Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.

According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers tried to acquire Harper twice during the 2018 season.

In order to afford Harper, the Yankees might have to explore the option of dealing Stanton, who has a no-trade clause. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante.

With Harper now shopping around for his new destination, several suitors have been named.

And presumably either Machado or Harper would be a better investment than the infamous seven-year, $153 million contract the Yankees gave Jacoby Ellsbury at the time. He led the league in home runs, runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS in 2015 when he won the AL MVP award. It may not have been.

Needless to say, the Phillies landing Harper would be a huge get for the front office. For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.

Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.

Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag.

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