For months, the baseball world has waited in agony while Bryce Harper assessed his options in free agency. We have prevailed through juicy rumors, teases by Major League clubs, and endless Twitter smoke. And even at the end, we still had no clue where the six-time All-Star would end up.
It’s official: Harper has finally made a decision. Pending a physical, he will join the Phillies for the next 13 years on a record-breaking $330 million deal. The deal does not include an opt-out but does have a full no-trade clause, which according to MLB Network insider Jon Morosi was Harper’s decision. To break it down in simplest terms: Harper is staying in Philadelphia from until he is 38.
Harper’s contract is the largest for a free-agent in North American history and surpasses the 10-year, $300M megadeal Manny Machado inked with the Padres earlier this month, as well as Giancarlo Stanton’s blockbuster 13-year extension for $325M he signed with the Marlins in 2015.
The no. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft has been one of baseball’s biggest superstars for a while now, so it was about time that Harper got paid like one. Harper has a career 184 home runs to his name and took home the National League MVP award back in 2015. His electric play and offensive potential had teams chomping at the bit well before he became a free agent on September 3rd, 2018.
Harper’s singing caps off a spectacular offseason for Philadelphia. Before spending big on the ex-Nationals outfielder, the Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson, conducted trades with the Mariners and Marlins for Jean Segura and JT Realmuto, and extended ace right-hander Aaron Nola. With Opening Day weeks away, they figure to be the favorites to win the NL East.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.