Moments ago it has been officially confirmed that Bryce Harper will be wearing pinstripes for the next 13 years..red pinstripes that is, for the Phillies. The 26-year-old former MVP agreed to a record breaking $330-million, 13-year contract, with a full no-trade clause. He will be in Philly until he is 38-years old. The Phillies did well because the luxury-tax number will be just over an AAV of $25 million, giving the Phillies flexibility to sign other big name free agents for the coming years.
The Phillies will now certainly be competitive in the NL East after an offseason of wheeling and dealing. J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, David Robertson, and Andrew McCutchen are the other above average players whom the Phillies have signed this offseason. An outfield of Harper, Cutch, and Herrera is good to say the least, and now slugger Rhys Hoskins moves to first base, which is his natural position. Vegas has already changed the Phillies odds to win the World Series to 10-1 odds.
A 13-year deal without an opt-out clause is absolutely mindboggling. Now lets see how Harper deals with the big Philadelphia market and the tough and passionate Philly fans. He does have to play the Nationals 19 games a year, which will be interesting as well. As long as Harper can stay mentally tough, this deal should be a good one, especially for the first 8-10 years. Obviously, most of these long term contracts do not work out great in the final few years left on the deal, but Harper is the most marketable baseball player on the planet, which only bodes well for the city of Philadelphia. It will also be interesting to see what type of deferred money he gets, if he does get this Bobby Bonilla money.
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