The biggest off-season drama in baseball history had its series finale on Thursday.
What will go down as a historic day in sports history, free-agent Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year deal worth $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies. It is the largest contract in baseball history.
While new information is being released every moment, here’s what we know so far.
- No opt-outs
- Full no-trade clause
The Dodgers were right in the fold of things, having met with Harper this past weekend in Las Vegas. It was clear that Harper was expecting a long-term deal, and the Dodgers made it clear they had intentions of trying to sign him to a short-term deal.
Though the Dodgers would give Harper less years, it was expected he would set the record for highest annual salary in baseball history.
What the Dodgers offered has yet to be released, but this may help get a better understanding at what they were going for.
Spoke to Boras, who told me: “We had average values of $45M offered on shorter term deals. We had a full buffet.” Said length, commitment now and in future offered by ownership, plus ballpark turned Harper to the #Phillies— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 28, 2019
At the end of the day, Bryce Harper is a Phillie, and not a Dodger.
Will not signing the 26-year-old be the right move? Only time will tell.