Jon Heyman on Bryce Harper's massive contract with Phillies

Reports: Harper spurns D-backs rivals Dodgers, Giants to sign with Phillies

Coming off of a down year, however, might have played an impact in Harper taking so long to get the deal he wanted. "He was holding out for somebody else".

"The goal was to get the longest contract possible", Boras told the New York Post. 13 years, no opt-out.

With Washington's Nationals Park hosting the 2018 All-Star Game, Harper stole the show the day before the Midsummer Classic by winning the Home Run Derby before an ecstatic crowd filled with folks wearing his No. 34 Nationals jersey. He's also earned six All-Star selections while knocking 184 home runs and 521 RBIs over his seven-year career.

At 26, Harper has already been named the National League's MVP (2015) and Rookie of the Year (2012).

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Harper was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft and made his major league debut less than two years later with the Nationals. But as the report notes, state taxes in California would have required the Giants to offer significantly more to compete in terms of money that actually ends up in Harper's bank account. Harper hit 34 home runs last season and finished ninth in on-base percentage. According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, it also contains a no-trade clause. Ultimately, Harper's contract with the Phillies is the richest in sports history.

Over the course of the winter, Harper had many suitors in a variety of capacities, but as it came down to the wire, it seemed as though the Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers were the most serious.

Francesa noted that he would be more concerned on behalf of Mets fans if the Phillies had used that money to bolster their pitching instead of their hitting.

Phillies managing partner John Middleton traveled to Las Vegas last weekend to express his long-term vision to Harper. What does that mean for the division? "Any thoughts Harper isn't committed to Philadelphia is out the window".

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