Earlier this week, according to multiple sources, six-time All Star Bryce Harper rejected an offer of 10 years and approximately $300 million deal from the Washington Nationals late last season.
This revelation raised some eyebrows considering the length and price tag that was turned down and the sub-standard numbers Harper put up in 2018. It also raised many eyebrows in Denver as the Colorado Rockies‘ six-time All-Star Nolan Arenado will be eligible to enter free agency after next season if the two parties are unable to work out a deal.
The now 26-year-old Harper has been the face of the Nationals’ franchise, if not the National League, since he broke into the league in 2012. His young age, his career numbers, and market ability, to go along with Scott Boras being his agent, should bring him a possible historic payday.
Harper has been one of the most feared hitters the last few years with a career slash line of .279/.388/.512 and decided to play out his contract and test out the open market instead of signing an extension. That gamble may not have paid off as well as he thought it would as he had one of his worst seasons as a professional.
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The 27-year-old Nolan Arenado will be keeping a close eye on how Harper’s free agency plays out. The face of the Rockies’ franchise actually has better career numbers than Harper in one less year of service. He is also the better defender of the two after winning his sixth consecutive Gold Glove this past weekend. If Harper doesn’t receive as lucrative contract as he had hoped, will Arenado want to risk having a down year before entering free agency?
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Along with Harper, Arenado and the Rockies will be closely monitoring free agent Manny Machado. If both of these two sign contracts over $30 million a year, the Rockies may be forced to begin looking for other options as the payroll to may not be large enough to meet Arenado’s asking price.
So stay tuned as these contract talks develop in the coming months as they could have huge ramifications for Arenado’s future with the Rockies.