Bryce Harper rejected Nationals' 'aggressive offer'

Dallas Keuchel Patrick Corbin

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.

Bryce Harper may have rejected a 10-year, $300 million deal from the Washington Nationals on the final day of the regular season, but that doesn't necessarily mean his tenure with the club is over. The deal would have been the second-richest in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014, and the third-richest in sports history.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the offer with reporters on Tuesday. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. It will cost them roughly $13 million.




"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said. That would make them seem like an unlikely landing spot for Harper, but Castillo reports that they offered Puig as part of a trade for Harper. "There is a reality that we would love to sign him, but we may not". His clients include Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and former Nats outfielder Jayson Werth. No deal is official and no announcement has been made.

Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer. Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen. Zack Greinke ($34 million), David Price ($31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) all got more. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

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