Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, US$325-million (RM1.349 billion) deal with the Miami Marlins in 2014 was a contract extension. Though the free-agent market is filled with huge talent, the Yankees are taking a cautious approach with their payroll this winter.

It might not be today, but a recent story strongly suggested that when Bryce Harper does eventually sign a mega-deal this offseason, it will indeed be with Phillies. Doing so while acquiring Harper and also addressing their needs in the starting rotation probably isn't possible. The 26-year-old superstar can field offers from other teams before deciding where he wants to play next season.

First, the Nationals - often described as somewhere between maddeningly selective in their spending and unnecessarily frugal - were willing to give one of their players a record-setting deal. Boras doubled down on that thinking today when holding court with upwards of 100 reporters (link, with video, via SNY's Scott Thompson).

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the Harper situation Tuesday and acknowledged that the team has a talented options in the outfield without Harper if he were to sign elsewhere.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper re-signing)", Rizzo added. It turns out that he rejected a contract offer from the team that very day. If the Nationals were really serious about trying to keep Harper in Washington, they'd know better than to exclude a no-trade clause from their offer to him at the end of the 2018 regular season. Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen. There is absolutely, unequivocally no way that Harper would have accepted this deal. Max Scherzer got exactly $US30 million.

Puig's name has come up in trade rumors dozens of times over the years, but he has ultimately remained with the Dodgers and has now played in more postseason games than anyone else in franchise history.

Vanessa Coleman

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