Agent Scott Boras held a press conference at the GM meetings and, as expected, he went off on a number of things, including teams intentionally tanking and the free agency of his client Bryce Harper. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.
"We didn't get anything done, but he's a guy that is near and dear to us and we're not closing any doors", Rizzo said. They offered Harper $300 million for 10 years in a deal that included no opt-outs, according to multiple people familiar with the terms.
Yet the Las Vegas native who grew up a Yankees fan and dreamed of calling the Bronx his home is going to carry a hefty price tag.
According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, Harper won't be joining the Bronx Bombers.
"He's shown the type of player he is and now he's a grizzled veteran", Rizzo said.
The 26-year-old outfielder posted the second-worst batting average of his career last season at.249, but he also walked a career-high 130 times while hitting 34 homers and driving in 100 runs. Just how big his contract will be remains to be seen; however, he's already turned down a massive deal. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". We have to have a strategy and plan put together to win baseball games, not only for 2019 but beyond.