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Dodgers Offered Nationals This Star In Pursuit Of Bryce Harper Trade

10 November 2018

The system is now perversely set up to encourage teams to go to one extreme or the other in terms of competitiveness, which hurts the overall product as well as specific things like the free agent market.

Harper rejected a 10-year offer worth $300 million from the Nationals late this past season. Nightengale now says that the Dodgers aren't interested in Harper, and the Cubs, ironically, seemed to put a dent in their chances to be able to afford Harper when they exercised Cole Hamels' $20 million option for 2019 last week.

Boras tabbed Harper as a "generational" and "iconic" player - citing the Nationals' stark increase in attendance, television ratings and overall franchise value since Harper joined the team. No deal is official and no announcement has been made.

Harper has played for the Washington Nationals since 2012, but many expect him to look elsewhere in free agency.

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Rizzo said that offer is now off the table and the Nationals will go about their business.

It's always been thought that the Nationals will not be able to out-spend the likes of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for Harper's services in 2019 and beyond.

He has 10 years left on a 13-year, $325 million contract where he'll be making between $26 million and $32 million every year through the 2028 season. It may not have been.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

Harper is a six-time All-Star with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 on-base plus slugging percentage. Though it feels unlikely that he'll have a better season than his 2015 National League MVP season - a season in which he hit.330 with 42 home runs and a staggering 9.3 fWAR - many of his best career years should still be in front of him.

In a story titled "Bryce Harper will sign with the Phillies".

Dodgers Offered Nationals This Star In Pursuit Of Bryce Harper Trade