Daniel Corrigan | March 2nd, 2019
Welp, it finally happened. After much speculation the most drawn-out free agency in recent memory end with Bryce Harper going to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The deal is a 13-year $330 million deal. This breaks the previous record set by Giancarlo Stanton when he signed for $325 million. This is also the biggest deal in North American sports history. In 2019, Harper will receive $10 million in salary with $20 million in signing bonuses. From 2020-2028 he will receive $26 million annually. Then, from 2029-2031 he will receive $22 million annually. Harper specifically went into negotiations with the intent of staying with one team for the rest of his career. He has no opt-out in his 13-year deal.
The Giants were a late player in the Harper race as they offered 12 years $310 million. Since California has the highest state individual tax income at 13.3 percent, Harper would have needed $340 million from the Giants to equal the deal from the Phillies.
The emphasis for Harper was the years on his deal. The Dodgers were rumored to be a preferred destination for Harper but would not offer him the years wanted. The reported deal 4 years for $168 million. This would have landed him the highest annual salary per year for $45 million per year.
In one of my first articles for The Scorecrow, I broke down who Harper should sign with. (link here) Credit to me, I said the Phillies. This opens the door for the Phillies to potentially go after Mike Trout when he becomes a free agent in 2020. Trout is from Philadelphia and has said that he is not opposed to playing with the Phillies some day.
The Phillies have to be considered one of the favorites out of the National League. Harper is a game-changer. The Phillies are ready to roll.
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