'What does that do for me?' Bryce Harper scoffed at Nats' $300 million offer

Josh Luckenbaugh
March 11, 2019 - 12:54 pm

Bryce Harper expressed disappointment in the Nationals' $300 million offer to him in a feature interview with ESPN's Tim Keown published Monday. 

The Nationals made Harper a 10-year, $300 million offer, with a sizable portion of the contract deferred, at the end of the 2018 season. Harper, of course, did not accept that offer but instead signed a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan last week Harper and his agent Scott Boras "never told us what their feelings were towards" the Nats' offer: "They did not counter on it at all."

Harper's feelings toward the offer were revealed in his interview with ESPN, in which he also touched on his seven years in a Washington uniform.

"I grew up in front of those fans and that city, and I enjoyed every minute of it," Harper told Keown. "But I didn't know if I fit into their plans. About $100 million of that contract was deferred 'til I was 65 years old."

At this point in the interview, Keown describes Harper as "he stops and turns his palms to the sky in disbelief. Few people can turn down a $100 million retirement fund; Bryce is one."

"It's like, 'What does that do for me? What does that do for my family?'" Harper then said.

In the end, Harper went with the offer from the Phillies with no deferred money, no opt-outs and a no-trade clause. 

"During the seven years I spent in DC, all everybody talked about was me going somewhere else," Harper told Keown. "From the day I signed, it was: 'He's going to the Yankees'; 'He's going to the Dodgers'; 'He's going to the Cubs.' I didn't want to hear that. I was in that city, and I wanted to be in that city."

"So now I'm just so happy that I'm able to sit here right now and say I can play until I'm 39 years old and I don't have someone sitting around the corner saying, 'He's going to go here next.'"

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