This Is the Richest Deal in North American Sports

Harper's new teammates, a former Phillies great and some other Philadelphia athletes were quick to welcome the team's newest slugger with open arms. Manager Gabe Kapler will have fun writing out the lineup card with numerous combinations at his disposal.

The Dodgers are still in good shape for the 2019 season and beyond, even without adding Harper.

However, Harper's main priority was getting the longest contract possible. He led the NL in walks past year and has posted a.279 average over his career, with 184 home runs and 521 RBIs. "Bryce Harper is a sensational teammate".

The White Sox were in pursuit of Harper early in the offseason before fading and turning their attention to infielder Manny Machado, who signed with the Padres. ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the deal includes a no-trade clause, meaning, if Harper wants to, he could play in Philadelphia the rest of his career. Because Washington paid luxury tax last season, its compensation pick will be after the fourth round, about 140th. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who would have been eligible for free agency next off-season, signed a $260 million, eight-year agreement this week. Trout, a Millville, NJ native, is considered by most the best player in baseball.

Whether it happens or not, Harper is doing his part.

"Harper could've signed a deal with the Phillies a long time ago", said Francesa. Sure enough, word has since surfaced about the offers made to him by both the San Francisco Giants and now the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We had average values of $45 million offered on shorter-term deals", Boras explained. He earned National League MVP honors in 2015, and he is a six-time All-Star.

Harper reportedly turned down several significant contract offers from various teams.

Farhan Zaidi also was on board with the pursuit of Harper. Another key stat, though: The Nationals never won a playoff series in that span. Is he gonna hit home runs in that park? He hit.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a 135 wRC+, leading all of Major League Baseball with 130 walks.

If anything, in fact, I'd still make the Nationals slight favorites, based on the pitching they added, as well as their young position players and the likelihood the environment around the ballclub will be looser without the pressure of trying to finally win in the postseason while Harper was still there. All eyes will be on his return to D.C.

But that eventually ran its course.

As first reported by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the right fielder is joining the Phillies for $330 million.

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