In the end the Philadelphia Phillies got their man.
According to multiple reports, Bryce Harper will sign a 13-year, $330 Million contract with the Phillies Thursday.
It is the richest contract pro sports history, topping Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million deal he originally signed with the Marlins before being traded to the Yankees.
Harper’s deal includes a full no-trade clause and no opt-outs on either side.
Translation: Bryce Harper is a Phillie for life.
At the end of the deal he will be 39 years old and the 2015 NL MVP will make over $25 million per year for the next 13 years.
The Phillies, who were said to have ‘stupid money‘, during the off season, were nearly unable to sign the six-time all-star.
Reports as late as yesterday suggested that the Phillies were out of the Harper sweepstakes. Teams like the Dodgers and Giants were making late pushes to sign the 2012 NL Rookie of The Year.
One of the points of contention to the deal was the aforementioned opt-out clause.
It’s been reported that the Phillies likely refused an opt-out given they were going to break the bank to sign Harper.
Even if Harper wanted an opt-out it would’ve been difficult to obtain given the apparent numbers the Phillies were willing to offer.
With that being said, Harper is in the fold and it appears that both sides are committed to each other for the long haul.
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado’s protracted contract signings have been a major storyline during the MLB’s off season.
As the days continued to pass, many began to wonder out loud why two of baseballs biggest stars were unable to sign contracts.
Inferences to collusion and artificial market manipulation began to dominate the conversation as many of the game’s top free agents remained unsigned.
Questions still remain as to what truly happened this off season that saw free agents, particularly Harper and Machado, sign so late and even into spring training.
Those questions will have to be answered another day.
For now, the conversation will surround Machado’s deal at 10 years, $300 million with the Padres and Harper’s with the Phillies and what it means for the game of baseball moving forward.
With Harper now in the fold, the Phillies can focus on the baseball field and Harper can try to and live up to that $330 million he just pocketed.
By the way, one man who liked what he saw today…Angels Outfielder Mike Trout, who is sure to bank from today’s news in the future.
For now, Harper is a Phillie and life is good for the city of Brotherly Love.
Good luck Philadelphia for the next 13 years.
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