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Nationals Are Prepared To Move On From Bryce Harper After His 10-year, $400M Request
Last year, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper hit 24 homers with 86 RBIs, and he seems to have an idea of how much he is worth to this team.
Bryce Harper reportedly is asking for a record-breaking deal that will exceed 10 years in length and pay him more than $400 million. You read that correctly. $400 MILLION.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are balking at Harper’s massive demands in early talks about a long-term contract extension. They’re even preparing themselves to be without him after the 2018 season.
Agent Scott Boras has gone on record stating that the only negotiation that has happened involved a one-year deal in 2017.
“I have had no long-term discussions with the Nationals on Bryce,” Boras said in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. “No terms, no offers discussed. Only arbitration-year discussions.”
“The Washington franchise has one of the most successful ownership groups on and off the field,” Boras told USA TODAY Sports in spring training. “They certainly have the ability to conduct whatever form of business they see fit.”
Harper, just 24, will be 26 years old when he hits the free agent market in 2018. Harper has 121 home runs through five major league seasons as well as an NL MVP award in 2015, when he hit 42 homers as a 22-year-old.
Harper made $5 million last season and is eligible for arbitration in 2017