Bryce Harper is a Philadelphia Phillie and the city couldn't be happier.
The Phillies were presumably the highest bidder among several teams reportedly interested in Harper's services including the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and his former Washington Nationals.
Harper's best season thus far came in 2015 when he lead the National League in home runs with 43, and topped all of baseball with a 1.109 OPS and a 9.3 WAR, en route to collecting the Most Valuable Player award.
In the talks, the possibility of a 10-year contract was discussed. Five teams now have a higher payroll than the Giants, who are well below the $206 million luxury tax threshold. "Really no ceiling", said Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who couched his comments because the deal is still pending a physical.
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Phillies managing partner John Middleton traveled to Las Vegas last weekend to express his long-term vision to Harper. Thus far they've acquired former N.L. MVP Andrew McCutchen, All-Star reliever David Robertson, and power-hitting catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Only time will tell whether or not this move pays off for the Phillies who finished 80-82 last season.
- After over 100 days on the free agent market, Bryce Harper has chose to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. MLB Network's Jon Heyman offers similar thinking, tweeting that while the Phils "may" look into the market's top remaining free agents, the organization's "initial thought" would be short-term. He became the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year for a Nationals club that won its first division title and made its postseason debut.
But while the Nationals advanced to the playoffs in four of Harper's first six seasons, they did not reach the postseason previous year, finishing a disappointing 82-80, while ending the season eight games back in the National League East.