Bryce Harper rejected Nationals' 'aggressive offer'

Bryce Harper

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. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

Getting his deal off the books would not only allow the Yankees to sign Harper and play him every day at first base but would not break the bank should they pursue big-name pitchers to improve their greatest weakness, the starting rotation.

As they've told us time and time again.

In order to afford Harper, the Yankees might have to explore the option of dealing Stanton, who has a no-trade clause.

Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports.

The two sides were obviously unable to agree on a deal. If LA does decide to make a run at Harper, they would likely still look to move Puig this offseason.

If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals' outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field, with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a back-up in centre. It will cost them roughly $13 million.

"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. The Nationals reportedly made Harper a huge long-term offer at the end of the regular season, but he declined it. Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen.

Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more. The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

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