Ahh yes the biggest free agent that baseball has probably ever seen. Bryce Harper came into the league as a 19 year-old slugger for the Nationals. The world-class phenom is entering free agency at the age of 25, something very few players have ever done.
With rumors about Harper’s looming decision being discussed for almost two years now, its finally time. There have been reports over the years that Bryce is looking for a $400 Million contract, or some insane number in that ballpark. Although its unlikely he will be getting that sort of money, he still will easily be the highest paid player in the history of the game.
Since entering the league in 2012 as a 19 year-old, Harper has arguably been the biggest name in the game. His numbers have not consistently lived up to the hype generated, but the potential he possesses is un-heard of. Through his first seven seasons in the league, Harper is slashing .279/.388/.512 with 184 career home runs and 521 RBI’s. Other than the home run numbers, Harper’s stat-line doesn’t exactly scream “Super-mega-ultra-world-class-once in a life time-talent” like it should.
Bryce Harper has dealt with plenty on injuries throughout his young career. Playing in at least 150 games only twice in his career, Harper’s numbers have not been consistent due to his inability to stay healthy.
Why is Bryce Harper getting all this money? Why is he the biggest free agent, maybe ever?
Well basically he has Hall Of Fame potential, will put butts in the seats, and will make your team just that much more exciting. Harper’s contract has been talked about for years. How massive and insane will it be? Well reports came out yesterday that Harper shot down the Nationals offer of 10 years, $300 million with an AAV of $30 million.
The bidding war will begin slightly above that number and will continue to rise, but don’t expect it to reach $400 million, that’s just insane.