Landing Harper would change everything for the Phillies.
This is the player they want.
First, the Nationals - often described as somewhere between maddeningly selective in their spending and unnecessarily frugal - were willing to give one of their players a record-setting deal. It would send a clear message to the city of Philadelphia - they are ready to win right now.
What Harper's contract is going to look like has been a question that has been wondered by many for the a year ago. With each 26 years old, they are both expected to sign two of the most lucrative contracts in Major League Baseball history. His flawless combination of upside and already impressive resume gives him the argument for the biggest contract in baseball.
Reports emerged Wednesday morning that Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' last offer worth $300 million over 10 years.
"I can't really stand here and say it's going to be "farewell" or anything like that, because nobody knows". "But I'm uncomfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". Aside from Washington, the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and several other teams are expected to pursue his services. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.
Harper in the middle of that lineup could certainly help the team break its three-year playoff drought. Stanton's contract is over 13 seasons and has an average salary of $25 million.
Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team.
That $33 million average would, however, fall slightly short of the $34.1 million that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Greinke makes. How high will they go?