The Washington Nationals offered free agent outfielder Bryce Harper a 10 year, $300 million dollar contract.
The Nationals knew he wouldn’t accept the offer and did it as a “fall back” for Harper who is said to be seeking a deal larger than the 13-year $325 million dollar deal that current New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton got from the Miami Marlins in 2014.
An anonymous MLB general manager has told ESPN that Harper could receive a deal of more than $400 million dollars.
The 26-year-old Harper is coming off his sixth All Star nod in seven seasons and hit .249 with 34 home runs and100 RBI in 2018. Since coming into the league in 2012 the former Nationals first round draft pick Harper has hit .279 with 184 home runs and 521 RBI.
He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and won the NL MVP in 2015.
The Nationals, with Harper have been to the post season in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 never advancing beyond the league divisional series.
$400 million, a lot of dough to pay a guy with no playoff series wins during his tenure with the team.