Bryce Harper is the biggest free agent in in recent history and today he signed with a new team…
The free agent player has agreed to a 13-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $330 million.
That is a good chunck of chage.
According to The Associated Press, the agreement is subject to a successful physical. MLB Network and ESPN reported that the deal includes a full no-trade clause, no opt-outs and no deferred money. 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.
This deal is the richest contract by total value in baseball history!
Harper, 26, spent the first seven years of his career with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2010. Harper made his major league debut in 2012, when he hit 22 home runs and drove in 59 runs en route to winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Road to Hall of fame, if you ask me!
Harper played in 159 of a possible 162 games this past season, batting .249 with a .393 on-base percentage. He hit 34 home runs with 100 RBIs and was an All-Star for the sixth time in his career. He started more than a third of his games in center field instead of his usual spot in right, because of injuries to teammates. According to Fox News.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo would have loved to keep Harper in his team’s lineup but didn’t sit around and wait to find out whether that would happen. Instead, Rizzo spent such money elsewhere.
Low and behold, the Philadelphia Phillies snatched him up.
We are sure to see Bryce Harper in Clearwater in the next week…
More info HERE.