After months of waiting, Bryce Harper has finally found a team. On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that they have signed the superstar outfielder to a 13-year, $330M deal.
Two weeks into Spring Training and after all of the rumors circulating, Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have finally come to terms on a deal. On Thursday, Twitter was abuzz with reports of the terms of the deal which is worth $330M over 13-years.
The shocking part of this contract is that:
- It includes NO OPT-OUT clauses
- It includes a NO-TRADE clause
- It does not include any deferrals.
This means that Bryce Harper will be a member of the Phillies through age 38 unless he approves a trade somewhere down the line. Also, considering that the AAV of this contract is under $25M, if the marriage between Harper and the Phillies doesn’t pan out, a trade isn’t entirely out of the question 3-4 years from now.
With this contract, Harper officially has the largest contract in baseball history, edging Giancarlo Stanton‘s contract of 13-years, $325M. At the same time, the deal essentially saves the Phillies some money to go out an perhaps add another piece.
Perhaps, Craig Kimbrel?
With this move – and the addition of Jean Segura, David Robertson, Jean Segura, and Andrew McCutchen – the Philadelphia Phillies officially become the team to beat in the NL East, leaving the rest of the division wondering what the hell happened.