If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days then I have some great news for you! Bryce Harper has signed a 13 year $330M contract with the Phillies. This contract includes a full no-trade clause as well as no opt-outs. For the people who have looked at their phones, the TV, or the newspaper in the last three days you knew this already. There have been many pictures today, but here is one of Harper in a Phillies’ jersey.
This article is not a news breaking or informational article. Instead, I thought I would have some fun and write about my opinion. As I said, unless you’ve been under a rock, then you know everything about this contract already. With that being said, I’m going to tell you how I feel about this contract.
The newest Phillie, Bryce Harper in his Phillies’ jersey
Again, remember that this article is my opinion. This offseason has been an extremely long and frustrating ride. Both Harper and Manny Machado had been free agents for a long time. Pitchers and catchers reported and they were both still free agents. Then, the whole team reported and full team practices started and they were both still free agents. Finally, Machado signed a 10 year $300M contract with the San Diego Padres. Not too long after that, Harper signed with the Phillies.
I’ve said for months now that I would rather have Harper over Machado. Although it was rumored that both players would sign with the Phillies, I never believed it. I thought it was possible, but I didn’t think it was going to happen. I wanted the Phillies to go after Harper because I believe he is the better fit for the city of Philadelphia and the fan-base. This video of Harper in his Phillies’ jersey should help to prove that point.
Let’s talk contract
I’ve been on record that at the beginning of this offseason that I would’ve offered Harper a 10 year $400M contract. Obviously, now that Harper has signed a $330M deal, that statement I made looks dumb. I don’t care. This is how I viewed the market and how I evaluated Harper himself.
If we look at this 13 year $330M deal that Harper signed, I’m ecstatic. The part that I’m the happiest about is the opt-outs, or should I say the lack of opt-outs. This showed me that Harper not only wants to be in Philadelphia but that he wants to finish his career here. I don’t know about you guys, but I want someone on my team who wants to be here.
This is how Harper’s contract will break down throughout the 13 years. As you can see, the AAV is just $26M a year. This is huge for the Phillies because it will allow the organization to go after and sign other players. (Hint Hint, MIKE TROUT)
The biggest thing that Phillies’ fans should take away from this offseason is the fact that the Phillies are going for it. They are the first team to add three all-stars from the year prior; Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto, and now Harper. The addition of these three guys alone would have made for a great offseason. But Matt Klentak also added Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson. Maybe I am just excited about this signing, but I expect the Phillies to win the NL East in 2019. As far as a World Series in 2019, only time will tell.