Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

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But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

The "aggressive offer" included no opt-outs and was less than the $400 million, according to a Washington Post report. Boras said he saw comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million pact and extensions done for Mike Trout and even the one he negotiated for Jose Altuve and feels "they have nothing to do with Bryce Harper" because all were done with years to go until free agency.

The Washington Post and USA Today cited unnamed sources in reporting that the offer was made in September, USA Today saying that the offer officially expired last week when the Nationals lost their exclusive negotiating rights with the star right fielder.

So, how does Harper's offer compare to other big contracts?

The biggest name taking part in this year's edition of Major League Baseball free agency is easily Bryce Harper.

Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. Bryce Harper is arguably the best player on the market. National League Rookie of the Year candidate Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and Victor Robles could start on Opening Day for Washington. It will cost them roughly $US13 million.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper re-signing)", Rizzo added.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen.

Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.

No position player has ever received a deal worth more than $27.5 million average annual value. Max Scherzer got exactly $30 million.

The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

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