There It Is: Bryce Harper is Signing with the Phillies (UPDATES: 13 Years, $330M)

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There It Is: Bryce Harper is Signing with the Phillies (UPDATES: 13 Years, $330M)

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It’s done. It’s over. It’s happening. Not the good kind of IT’S HAPPENING, but at least we can all shut up about it.

More details momentarily.

UPDATE: The particulars will now start to trickle out, and it figures to be a very sizable contract:

UPDATE 2: The number to beat was Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million deal, and Harper has done it by a nose:

Wait. As I type, there’s this:

HOLY CRAP. 13 years with NO opt-outs. That’s only about a $25.4M AAV, so he’s way short of some of the other stars, but my God. In 13 years, when Harper is still only 39, it’s going to be 2031. IS THAT EVEN A REAL YEAR?!?

UPDATE 3: Should the Cubs have matched this deal? Look, I think they should take advantage of this opportunity more than most, but it’s really, really, really hard for me to come down hard on any organization that didn’t want to lock $25M per year on their books for WELL over a decade.

This last update is both the least and most important update in this entire post, because Jake Arrieta is freakin’ legend:


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