The biggest name still available in this year’s MLB free agency has found a new home for the next decade at least. Outfielder Bryce Harper announced on Thursday that he would be signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, turning down the Dodgers, Giants, and a number of other suitors.
Multiple media reports have released the contracts offered to Harper, with three of the most considered offers listed below.
Offer 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers offered a three year, $135 million OR four year, $168 million deal.
Offer 2 – San Francisco Giants
The Giants offered a 12 year, $310 million deal.
Offer 3 – Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies offered a 13 year, $330 million deal.
Harper ended up taking the longest contract offered. The Phillies contract also has the most guaranteed money, but lacks an opt out option for Harper, keeping him in Philly for the length of the contract. Sources close to Harper had expressed his interest to sign up long term, ruling out the Dodgers and any other team who offered short term contracts.
The Phillies are getting a huge talent in Bryce Harper. The 26 year old slugger has hit 184 home runs and 521 RBI’s in his seven seasons, and will add a huge bat in the middle of that Phillies roster.
Harper joins J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura as the free agent class of 2019 continues to get stronger for the Phillies. With these three acquisitions, the Phillies become the first team in MLB history to add three position players who were All Stars the prior year in one off season. Keep an eye on this Phillies roster, as they are looking more and more dangerous as the 2019-20 season is slowly creeping up.