Only one of the two biggest free agents in baseball this offseason will sign with an NL West team.
Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. His counterpart, Bryce Harper, was next in line to land a mega contract.
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Harper, 26, spent the first seven years of his career with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2010.
Harper's numbers were down slightly in 2018.
Many project Harper to have another career year playing half the season in Citizens Bank Park, where he owns a career-.268 batting average and almost a hit per game in 50 games. Harper made his major league debut in 2012, when he hit 22 home runs and drove in 59 runs en route to winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
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The extraordinary length of the contract - which runs through the 2031 season - gives the Phillies a bit of relief in terms of the average annual value ($25.38 million).
San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers had also pursued Harper in recent weeks. He hit 34 home runs with 100 RBIs and was an All-Star for the sixth time in his career.
Other Philadelphia athletes jumped aboard the Harper train as well.