Nats star Harper reportedly snubbed $300 million offer

Nats star Harper reportedly snubbed $300 million offer

At MLB general managers' meetings Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras and said that "we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season" to negotiate with the star outfielder. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante.

Rizzo said he was comfortable that the club has options in the outfield should Harper end up elsewhere, including National League Rookie of the Year candidate Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and Victor Robles.

The Yankees are certainly known for making big splashes in the free agent market, so they've always been tentatively mentioned as a possible destination for Harper if he does decide to leave Washington DC. It may not have been. The deal would have been the second-richest in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014, and the third-richest in sports history. It will cost them roughly $13 million. He may not get that much - or at least not that many years - but it does seem that there's been an effort from Harper's camp to shift the overton window on just how much Harper could ultimately earn this offseason. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface". With that said, he also homered 23 times, drove in 54 runs and walked 78 times prior to the All-Star Break, so his first-half only disappointing by the high standards that he's set for himself.

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Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

Harper did not accept the initial offer and the two parties could not reach a deal while the former MVP was still under contract with the Nationals, which meant Washington held exclusive negotiating rights with Harper until he hit the open market. Giglio says he would call it a "failure" if John Middleton is unable to land Harper.