His ideal combination of upside and already impressive resume gives him the argument for the biggest contract in baseball.
The simple answer is the biggest contract in Major League Baseball history. Nightengale says that Harper is seeking a 13-year deal that tops the average annual value of $34.42 million that Zack Greinke now has in his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Top talent in 2018 is worth more than it was in 2014. The San Francisco Giants are not expected to be interested now that the price tag is visible.
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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.
Harper in the middle of that lineup could certainly help the team break its three-year playoff drought. 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. Stanton's contract is over 13 seasons and has an average salary of $25 million.
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That $33 million average would, however, fall slightly short of the $34.1 million that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Greinke makes.
But it appears Harper to do the same with multiple suitors in the bidding.
This is the player they're going to get.
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Based off of where things seem to stand right now, however, it sure seems like the Phillies might be able to land Harper for right around 10-years, $350 million - with no opt-outs.