The signing ends a five month saga of Phillies rumors and speculation surrounding one of the biggest free agents in recent baseball history.
Even as offers were nonexistent, Harper and his representatives remained insistent on only being interested in signing a long-term deal that was 10-plus years. They maintained their pole position by agreeing to terms with Harper on a 13-year, $330 million contract.
It's important to note that Chris Camello isn't as renowned of a reporter as the likes of Jeff Passan, Buster Olney, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman to name a few. The deal does not contain any opt-outs or deferred money and will keep the outfielder in Philadelphia through 2032.
Other Philadelphia athletes jumped aboard the Harper train as well. "Bryce wanted one city for the rest of his career".
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According to the Associated Press, Harper gets a $20 million signing bonus, a $10 million salary this year, $26 million in each of the following nine seasons and $22 million in each of the last three years. With the length of this contract and the possibility of the designated hitter coming to the National League in future seasons, he'd have a good landing spot if defense becomes a challenge.
Harper hit.247 with 34 homers, 100 RBIs, and had an on-base percentage of.393 last season.
Harper, 26, spent the first seven years of his career with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2010. That appears to have changed, and it could be what ultimately puts the six-time All-Star in the Bay Area for years to come. They had a top-six payroll in each of the previous four years.