Bryce Harper is set to hit the open market this winter. But according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Washington Nationals didn’t want it to get that far.
“According to multiple people familiar with the negotiations, the Nationals discussed terms for a new deal with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, throughout September. Those conversations led to what one person called ‘an aggressive offer,’” Janes writes.
Needless to say, Harper didn’t take it. And while we don’t know the length, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports has the money.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 6, 2018
In other words, we don’t know much. But we do know there’s interest. Of course, we already knew that going in. Harper is the biggest name on the free agent market this winter. Manny Machado is the second-biggest. The big-name teams are going to show interest. And one of those big teams are going to pay up.
Last season, Harper hit just .249 at the plate but led the league in walks (130), finishing with a triple-slash of .249/.393/.496 with 34 doubles and 34 home runs. He’s just 26 years old. A deal for a player like him isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Even if the market moves faster than last year’s. Especially with Scott Boras as his agent.
But one thing is clear: it’s going to be a wild ride.