In seven seasons with the Nationals, Harper has a.279 career batting average, along with 184 home runs, 521 RBI, six All-Star selections and a National League Most Valuable Player award.
So where does that leave Harper and the Nationals now? The consensus among both sides is it was a respectful, genuine effort. The sides could still strike a deal later in the offseason.
The Dodgers included Yasiel Puig in trade offers they made to the Washington Nationals in July and August for their superstar outfielder, The Los Angeles Times' Jorge Castillo reported Wednesday, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. It will cost them roughly $13 million.
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After saying that the actress " hates him to death ", he added: "Oh, women hate me". In July, a source told ET that the two were together again.
"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper re-signing)", Rizzo added. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". It's not hard to see why Phillies managing partner John Middleton, along with general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail, would be willing to issue a historic contract to Harper to play his home games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Boras also described the system that rewards teams for tanking as a "cancer". Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.
Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer. Zack Greinke ($34 million), David Price ($31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) all got more. Max Scherzer got exactly $US30 million. With just over a month until the MLB Winter Meetings, it doesn't appear that a decision from Harper (or any major free-agent) is imminent.