MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies MLB free agent dance is apparently coming to a close, with multiple reports indicating that the Phillies and Harper are finalizing an agreement. Barry Svrluga says the deal is 13 years, $330 million with no opt outs.
The free agent outfielder has spent his entire career with the Washington Nationals after an unusual path that saw him get his GED after his sophomore year in high school, play at a junior college after what would have been his junior year in high school, and then enter the MLB draft a year earlier that normal. Harper debuted in the majors in 2012 as a 19 year old, winning the Rookie of the Year Award, and appeared to break out as one of the top three to five players in baseball in 2015, when he put up a .330/.460/.649 campaign as a 22 year old, winning the National League MVP.
Since then, however, Harper has not repeated those heights, and while the 26 year old is still considered a transcendent talent, there were questions about whether he’ll ever come close to replicating that magical 2015 season.