Former Washington National, Bryce Harper is staying in the NL East after signing a lucrative 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The $330 million is the largest deal in American pro sports history, but newly signed Padre, Machado owns the record for highest per-year salary in MLB history. Harper had garnered interest from the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees before signing with Philadelphia. The Phillies will go into the season with the best offseason in a long time as they added catcher J.T. Realmuto, INF Jean Segura, RHP David Robertson, and OF Andrew McCutchen. Now with Harper, the Phillies should be one of the favorites to win the 2019 NL Pennant along with the Cardinals and Dodgers.
Harper spent seven seasons with the Washington Nationals and became an instant star. He won NL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and in 2015, he won MVP, batting .330 with 42 home runs and 99 runs batted in. In 2017, Harper had another stellar year, batting .319 with 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in. However, Harper has had more mediocre/lackluster seasons than he has had great. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018, Harper hit below .280 and was under .250 in both 2016(.243) and last season(.248). The Phillies are taking a big risk with Harper, who is inconsistent offensively and has not proven to be a clubhouse leader yet. For right now, this has to be one of the worst contracts in Major League Baseball history.
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