Just when you thought 10-year MLB contracts were heading for extinction, this happens.


According to CBS Sports David P. Samson, rumors are beginning to circulate that the Phillies will be signing Bryce Harper to a 10-year, $310 million deal.

The Phillies have reportedly been in the lead to land the superstar outfielder for much of the offseason. After the initial news of the Harper contract came out, Jon Heyman added this. 

With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training already, Harper remains unsigned, but if you look back at last year's offseason, this isn't out of the norm. First baseman Eric Hosmer didn't sign with San Diego until Feb.19 and J.D. Martinez didn't join the Red Sox until nine days later.


Harper has made it clear he is not going to sign a short-term deal. If these rumors hold true, he is going to get the 10-year, $300-million-plus deal he's been looking for all along.

Landing the 26-year-old slugger would be a huge splash for the Nationals' NL East rival. It's already been quite a busy offseason for the Phils, who traded for catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura and signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever David Robertson.


Plugging Harper in the middle of Gabe Kapler's lineup card could be enough to allow the Phillies to make a push for an NL East title and more.