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.
Rumors spreading that Harper will be a Phillie for 10 years and 310 million. Boras gets bailed out again by an owner. Still doesn’t beat Stanton, but will certainly beat Machado. Like saving half a face for the player and the agent. Now, back to your regularly scheduled rumors.— David P. Samson (@DavidPSamson) February 17, 2019
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.
Things are heating up with Harper. Intensified is the word I heard. Phillies are the favorite, but word remains that nothing’s done yet. Will be a long-term deal.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019
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.