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After waiting nearly four months, the sweepstakes for free agent OF Bryce Harper is finally over. On Thursday, it was reported that the Philadelphia Phillies and Harper have agreed to a 13-year contract worth $330 million with no opt-out clause.
In 159 games last season, Bryce Harper recorded 34 home runs, 100 RBI, and an OBP of .393. However, Harper settled for a BA of .249, the second-lowest of his career. In a disappointing season for the Washington Nationals, the team finished with a record of 82-80, which amounted to 2nd in the NL East.
Despite hitting over 30 HR and 100 RBI, for the money that Bryce Harper was seeking in free agency, 2018 was somewhat of a letdown.
Even with a season to forget under his belt, Harper is still one of the best overall players in the MLB. In fact, this is the first time in recent memory where the Phillies have a “face” to their team since Chase Utley in his prime.
With a talented group of young and promising players, Philadelphia got their wish by adding an offensive threat. While the salary may be a concern to some, Harper is still a proven everyday outfielder.
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