Bryce Harper rejects 10-year, $300M offer from Nationals

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Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer. The system is now perversely set up to encourage teams to go to one extreme or the other in terms of competitiveness, which hurts the overall product as well as specific things like the free agent market. 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.

Putting Harper at first would allow the Yankees to keep their outfield intact and most importantly, keep Aaron Judge in right field.

While Harper could be exploring other options, it's still possible he might return to the Nationals.

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the offer with reporters on Tuesday.

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"It's going to be a challenge to put the best product on the field, and that could include Harper and it could be doing things without Harper", Rizzo said. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients.

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It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself. Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen.

No position player has ever received a deal worth more than $27.5 million average annual value. The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

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