- Bryce Harper is joining the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Harper’s deal is reportedly worth $US330 million, the richest contract in the history of baseball.
- Giancarlo Stanton previously held the record with his $US325 million deal.
Bryce Harper has found a home.
After months of waiting through free agency, Harper has reportedly agreed to a 13-year deal worth $US330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bryce Harper’s deal with the Philadelphia Phillies will be for $330 million, a new record for overall dollars, topping the $325 million of Giancarlo Stanton, league sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019
The deal is the biggest in the history of baseball, topping Giancarlo Stanton’s previous record-setting $US325 million contract.
Harper’s free agency came down to the wire. The Phillies were long thought to be frontrunners in the race to sign the lefty slugger – with owner John Middleton saying in November that the team was going into free agency “expecting to spend money, and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.”
But as free agency dragged on and rumours swirled, more teams were tied to Harper, with the Dodgers and Giants both reportedly putting up interesting offers.
By Wednesday, word was that the Phillies “believe[d] their chances of landing Bryce Harper are remote,” according to MLB Network’s Steve Phillips.
But when the dust settled, Harper wound up a Phillie, locking up one-third of $US1 billion to spend the next 13 years in the City of Brotherly Love.
Harper will be almost 40 when his contract is up, and according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Harper’s deal includes no opt-outs and a no-trade clause, making the mutual commitment between the franchise and its new star even more concrete.
It took longer than it should have taken for one of the biggest stars in baseball to get his new contract, but at $US330 million, Harper likely agrees it was worth the wait.
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