Phillies sign free agent Bryce Harper

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The long-lasting saga is finally over. 

He has agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal. This contract would cover the rest of his career.

There is also no opt-outs in the contract.

Former Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hitting an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies
Bryce Harper hitting an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies (Getty Images)

This is an historic deal. Harper receives the second 13-year deal in MLB history. In addition, he is the first player to receive $330 million.

Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year deal with the Miami Marlins in 2014 worth $325 million.

It is also the largest free agent contract ever in terms of overall money. Manny Machado previously had it for a week after signing a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres last week.

His deal surpassed the deal previously given to Giancarlo Stanton when he signed with the Miami Marlins.

Despite the saga dragging on for more than 100 days, the Phillies were confidence they would sign Harper. Philadelphia had to hold off a late push from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. 

The Phillies reportedly offered him more than any team. Yet, they were one of two teams, who discussed a 10-year deal with Harper and his representative Scott Boras. 

The Giants discussed a five-year deal and a 10-year deal with Harper. 

The former National League MVP played seven seasons with the Nationals. In 2018, he had a .249 batting average with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games.

The 34 home runs were the most since his career season in 2015 when he had 42 home runs. Harper also had 34 doubles on 137 hits, while scoring 103 runs in 2018.

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