Mike Rizzo on Harper offer: 'They did not counter on it at all.'

Josh Luckenbaugh
March 04, 2019 - 9:25 am

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Monday Washington's offer to Bryce Harper was 10 years, $300 million, but said Harper and agent Scott Boras never gave the Nationals a counter-offer.

"It was a $300 million deal over 10 years, and there was some money deferred. I'm not going to get into the specifics of it, but it was a real aggressive, opening offer to a great player," Rizzo told The Sports Junkies

"They never told us what their feelings were towards it," he added. "They did not counter on it at all."

Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies last Thursday, reportedly none of which is deferred. Per Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post, the Nats' offer to Harper included $100 million in deferred money. 

"The last home game of the season, we made (Harper) this proposal and this offer, to he and his agent," said Rizzo. "And we had to put an expiration date on it, because we couldn't let that linger on until March 2 when he signed, and try and get the rest of our business done."

"We fired what I thought was an extremely market-valued, aggressive offer as our primary offer, and put an expiration date on it."

In fact, Rizzo implied the signing of Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal served as a major roadblock to the Nats re-signing Harper. 

"That wasn't to say after the first day of free agency we weren't going to discuss it again, but certainly when the Patrick Corbin signing took place, then it became more difficult. We had to really process it amongst ownership and that type of thing of where we were, and where we were going," Rizzo told the Junkies.

"But we never closed the door on it."

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