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Bryce Harper Won't Be Signing With Yankees

08 November 2018

The 26-year-old outfielder, who has spent his entire career with Washington, became a free agent after the season. Now it's just a matter of time to see if he'll take less than the $300 million he reportedly was offered, or if he'll ink a more substantial contract. 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.

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.

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.

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Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench.

The Nationals offered Harper a new deal on the last day of the final homestand in September, but Harper's camp rejected it.

Don't dismiss this news as Harper out-and-out rejecting the Nationals. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him".

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That Nationals offer may be off the table in its current form, but Boras rarely lets a high-spending team drop out of the race for a high-priced client.

Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team.

Average annual value would have been $30 million, USA Today Sports's Bob Nightengale reports.

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The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

Bryce Harper Won't Be Signing With Yankees