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Bryce Harper signs with Phillies for 13 years, $330 million, no opt-out


Bryce Harper has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years, $330 million, an industry source confirmed. The deal does not include an opt-out or deferrals.

The Phillies have been thought to have made the high offer to Harper, but he had been seeking other bids, recently re-engaging with the Dodgers.

At 26 years old, Harper has amassed 27.4 offensive WAR in his career, making him one of the most productive young players ever. He has never matched his stellar 2015 season, in which he slashed .330/.460/.649 and produced an eye-popping 9.1 offensive WAR. He has also never been a good defensive defensive player, and last season was undeniably awful. The Phillies may be crying out for the designated hitter to come to the National League a decade from now.

The signing comes after months of silence in the MLB free agent market, as owners and front offices have been reluctant to award long contracts to the top players available. Last week, Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, seemingly opening the door for Harper to sign soon after.

Harper will be a Phillie. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

Harper’s deal has a higher overall price tag than Machado’s, but Machado secured an opt-out clause that allows him to re-enter free agency after the 2023 season at age 31, after earning $150 million on his current deal. This would allow him to sign one more long contract — an option Harper’s reported deal precludes. Harper will be 39 at the end of this contract.

Harper’s reluctance to sign in Philadelphia was an open secret throughout the bidding process. The San Francisco Giants also met with Harper in recent days, and had reportedly gone as high as 10 years, $300 million.

The Yankees were not serious bidders for Harper, largely because they carry the remainder of Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million deal on their books.