Bryce Harper to Phillies a fitting end to Cubs’ terrible offseason

Reports: Harper spurns D-backs rivals Dodgers, Giants to sign with Phillies

Bryce Harper reportedly agrees to 13-year, $330M deal with Philadelphia Phillies

Over the last handful of days, it seemed to come down to the Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants vying for Harper's. In fact, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports that the Phillies have offered Harper no more than $300 million and do not now have the highest offer on the table for him. It's one thing to get outbid or have the player choose another team, but not even making a serious attempt to sign either of them? It's a record Major League Baseball deal in terms of overall money that's also noteworthy in that it includes no opt-outs and has a full no-trade clause.

The Dodgers are still in good shape for the 2019 season and beyond, even without adding Harper. Bryce Harper has made his choice.

Throughout it all, Philadelphia's offer remained on the table, and it appears as though Harper has finally chose to take it.

Now that Harper's contract is on the books, what else could the Phillies look to do at the tail end of a very busy offseason? He batted.249 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and an.889 OPS last season. Thus far they've acquired former N.L. MVP Andrew McCutchen, All-Star reliever David Robertson, and power-hitting catcher J.T. Realmuto.

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It also inspired a whole lot of talk about a subject I've covered in the past: If Harper is worth $330 million, how much will Mike Trout get when he hits free agency in two years?

He'll also receive a $20-million signing bonus, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Washington never confirmed the exact number, but it was said to be "aggressive".

As such I'm sticking with the mid-term grade I gave the Nats, one they fortified since then by signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year deal.

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