Dodgers Offered Nationals This Star In Pursuit Of Bryce Harper Trade

Undeterred by last winter’s free-agent freeze Scott Boras is even more himself

Undeterred by last winter’s free-agent freeze Scott Boras is even more himself

The biggest free-agent deal in pro sports history by total value had been Alex Rodriguez's 10-year deal worth $275 million with the New York Yankees in 2007.

However, his quick rejection of the deal doesn't exactly inspire hope he'll be returning to Washington. The Nationals wanted to lock up their star, but Harper felt $30 million per year for the next decade wasn't enough money. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

As they've told us time and time again. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. National League Rookie of the Year candidate Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and Victor Robles could start on Opening Day for Washington. It will cost them roughly $13 million.

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"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to Harper re-signing]", Rizzo said. For the moment, it seems he and Boras will explore options elsewhere. His clients include Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and former Nats outfielder Jayson Werth.

It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself. Though that offer is no longer on the table, USA Today reported the team is still open to working out a different deal. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday. Nightengale says that Harper is seeking a 13-year deal that tops the average annual value of $34.42 million that Zack Greinke now has in his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more. It was not enough.

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