Only one of the two biggest free agents in baseball this offseason will sign with an NL West team.
The no deferred money is also key - that means he will receive all $330 million in the 13 years, making that money more valuable in present dollars (due to inflation) than if he were paid part of that money beyond the length of his contract. ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the deal includes a no-trade clause, meaning, if Harper wants to, he could play in Philadelphia the rest of his career.
Other Philadelphia athletes jumped aboard the Harper train as well. Any heartfelt dreams of Bryce Harper playing alongside childhood friend and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant are officially over. Either way, the Phillies have become quite the team to watch this season.
Reports: Harper agrees to 13-year, $330M deal with Phillies
For Harper, it appears that money truly was the bottom line in his free agency decision - far from a surprise considering he's a Scott Boras client. That appears to have changed, and it could be what ultimately puts the six-time All-Star in the Bay Area for years to come.
Philadelphia has been among the most active teams this offseason, adding outfielder Andrew McCutchen for $50 million over three years and reliever David Robertson for $23 million over two years, and acquiring catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura.
The Nationals, with whom Harper spent his first seven years, will get a 2019 supplemental first-round pick as a result of losing Harper. Five teams now have a higher payroll than the Giants, who are well below the $206 million luxury tax threshold. A career.279 hitter with a.388 on-base percentage, Harper has a yearly average of 26 home runs and 74 RBIs. They had a top-six payroll in each of the previous four years.