If the Phillies decided to make an offer that topped Stanton, they could top the Nationals' offer and top Stanton's contract by offering a deal worth $330 million over 10 years.
One of them, Bryce Harper, reportedly received a huge extension offer from the Washington Nationals in September to stay put instead of testing the waters. It could be that the Phillies end up competing with only the Nationals, who have already made one massive offer that was shut down.
An incredible amount to turn down - as it would be the biggest free-agent deal in terms of total money in the history of the four major sport - but also almost $100 million short of what Harper and agent Scott Boras are seeking. A year ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs looked to be the favorites to sign Harper.
It's not a surprise that the Nationals would try to make sure Harper didn't hit free agency, but this is still pretty interesting. With just over a month until the MLB Winter Meetings, it doesn't appear that a decision from Harper (or any major free-agent) is imminent.
Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value. It may not have been.More news: Andy Robertson says Liverpool need to rediscover missing spark
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"I can't really stand here and say it's going to be "farewell" or anything like that, because nobody knows". For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.
However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper.
Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag. He's represented the Nationals at six All-Star games in seven seasons and has 184 career home runs.
Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.
Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday night that he officially opened "Harper's Bazaar", and estimated a contract worth $400 million-$500 million would be needed to land the slugger.