Our long national nightmare ended when Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Certainly, I have never been so happy to no longer need to cover a news topic. While I could say you’re tired of reading about Harper, that’s probably not true.
Now, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Dodgers made a serious run at Harper. Furthermore, Los Angeles was willing to pay Harper as much as $45 million per season to sign a contract with them. Of course, this would have shattered the all-time AAV (average annual value) dollar amount. Then, Harper would have still seen free agency again at age 30.
The tweet of record is here:
In Bryce Harper talks, I am told #Dodgers were willing to offer a four-year deal worth approximately $45 million per season. That would have allowed Harper to shatter the all-time AAV record and become a free agent at age 30. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 28, 2019
Interestingly, Arash Markazi offers a little different perspective. If Harper had decided to take the Dodgers’ offer – he still could have signed a 10-year contract after that to trump his current 13-year, $330 million pact he signed with Philadelphia.
If the Dodgers offered Bryce Harper a 3-year deal averaging $45 million annually, Harper would have been a free agent again at 29 years old and you have to imagine would have been in a position to sign a 10-year deal that would have gotten him at least $25 million annually.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 28, 2019
Now, this is really something. The Dodgers will survive without Harper, but he would have been a nice cherry on the sundae. One can only venture to guess why the free agent outfielder didn’t find fulfillment in the Dodgers’ offer.
Scott Boras did not shed light on his client’s discussions with the Dodgers, only saying they were offered ‘the full buffet’ in terms of variety. Harper was also offered a 12-year, $310 million dollar contract by the San Francisco Giants.
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Equally important – this should put a final bow on the Harper stories in regards to the Dodgers. And that’s not a bad thing.
Still, don’t think there won’t be a special chorus of boos from the Chavez Ravine stands when Harper comes to town until you’re 13 years older then you are right now. A quasi-rivalry has been initiated – born of dollars and cents – and to be finished with wins and losses.
Let’s hope that Los Angeles has the final laugh.