"We've had conversations and we utilized our exclusivity to negotiate with him late in the season through when he became eligible to sign with a team", Rizzo said. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the offer with reporters on Tuesday.
But it appears Harper to do the same with multiple suitors in the bidding.
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The total worth of Harper's next contract will largely be determined by its length, but the six-time All-Star is expected to ink a deal worth at least $31 million per year, according to Spotrac. Nightengale says that Harper is seeking a 13-year deal that tops the average annual value of $34.42 million that Zack Greinke now has in his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"They did not pay anywhere near [Harper's] $400 million to $500 million in [true value]", Boras said. "Global certainly. It has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair, inspirations on the part of Bryce".
The Dodgers included Yasiel Puig in trade offers they made to the Washington Nationals in July and August for their superstar outfielder, The Los Angeles Times' Jorge Castillo reported Wednesday, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. The San Francisco Giants are among a handful of teams reportedly targeting Harper this offseason. According to a report, the Dodgers attempted a waiver trade to acquire Harper in August. "For an owner to know the rocket ship of economic opportunity is just blasting off because the player is just entering the prime of his career". "Anyone who's done what Bryce Harper has done at 25, if you've done that, you're nearly a lock to be a Hall of Fame player".