Bryce Harper appears headed to the Phillies

Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn't include any opt-outs and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper would receive after he and his agent Scott Boras held discussions throughout September. Boras said he saw comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million pact and extensions done for Mike Trout and even the one he negotiated for Jose Altuve and feels "they have nothing to do with Bryce Harper" because all were done with years to go until free agency.

First, the Nationals - often described as somewhere between maddeningly selective in their spending and unnecessarily frugal - were willing to give one of their players a record-setting deal. Hence why so many players have taken so long to sign contracts in recent years.

The Nationals have removed their 10-year, $300 million offer, but still remain hopeful they can keep Harper in town. The deal would have been the second-richest in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014, and the third-richest in sports history. Despite Los Angeles making a trade offer, the teams "could not strike a deal", reports the Times.

Don't dismiss this news as Harper out-and-out rejecting the Nationals. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

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That Nationals offer may be off the table in its current form, but Boras rarely lets a high-spending team drop out of the race for a high-priced client. Harper will soon finally be available to sign with other teams after years of speculation about the Washington Nationals star's future. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday.

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more.

At just 26-years-old Harper has won Rookie of the Year and an MVP award.

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