Harper's agent looking for $500 million?

Ben Krimmel
November 08, 2018 - 2:12 pm
Nationals have no plans to offer Bryce Harper a mega-deal like the one Manny Machado signed.

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Baseball super-agent Scott Boras kicked off what he is calling "Harper's Bazaar" Wednesday at the MLB's General Manager meetings in California. 

"It’s fashionable, it’s historical, it’s elite, global, certainly," Boras said. "And certainly it has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair, inspirations on the part of Bryce."

Boras' comments came a day after reports surfaced of Harper rejecting an aggressive offer from the Nationals in the range of 10-years, $300 million. 

One possible reason for the rejection, the Nats offer "did not include a no-trade clause, which is usually a certainty in mega deals," according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman

Heyman added the offer is a "preliminary" move and both Washington and Harper are "shopping elsewhere."

Thursday on 106.7 The Fan, Grant Paulsen said the Nationals offer indicates the team is preparing for life after Harper.

“I think this offer says, ‘If you want to come back to the Nationals, we’re happy to have you back – but we don’t need you and we’re not desperate to have you back,'" Paulsen said. "They have prepared for life after him."

Boras indicated Harper should be paid more than Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, who makes $34 million per season. In a column Wednesday, Heyman floated the idea of Boras looking for as much as $500 million for Harper on possibly a 14-year deal. 

"Based on 14 years at even $35 million (just $1 million more than Greinke), that would be $490 million," Heyman wrote. 

Shopping at "Harper's Bazaar" is not for the cost-conscious. 

“When you’re in a category of talent and player in the game that rarely is there, you’re talking about a process I think that is very unconventional because you’re dealing with a generational player,” Boras said. “And what is a generational player? That is that he holds the qualities of elite performance, he holds the youngest age in free agent history to be available for the greatest number of elite years of performance.”

“I know that anyone who’s done what Bryce Harper has done at 25, if you’ve done that you are almost a lock to be a Hall of Fame player,” Boras continued. “And we have exhibited this in our documents to the owners we have met with, and we clarified this 14 different ways.”

Wednesday, Buster Olney reported Harper wouldn't sign with the Yankees and USA Today's Bob Nightengale wrote the Philadelphia Phillies will be the team to meet – or at least come closest to meeting – Boras' asking price. 

"It’s hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies," Nightengale wrote. 

"Boras knows that someone will pay the price he seeks, and while no one can completely count out the Cardinals or even the Giants," Nightengale wrote. "The Phillies are going to be the ones who pay the biggest contract in baseball history for his services."

If so, Nationals fans should prepare to see Harper in a Phillies uniform for 19 games each season for at least the next decade.


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