Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Scott Boras: Why a $300 million Bryce Harper offer wasn't close

Scott Boras: Why a $300 million Bryce Harper offer wasn't close

"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, " Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporter Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Harper will enter the open market as one of the most sought-after free agents in recent memory. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.

Harper, 26, reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals in late September.

One team USA Today reported would be in the mix with the Phillies is the Los Angeles Dodgers. In meetings with team owners, Boras said he has made it a point to note in documents shared that "I know that anyone who's done what Bryce Harper has". It will cost them roughly $13 million.

"It's going to be a challenge to put the best product on the field, and that could include Harper and it could be doing things without Harper", Rizzo said. "I think we have a good strategy in place, a good plan in place, and we have started to begin that process and we will see where it takes us". For the moment, it seems he and Boras will explore options elsewhere.

Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.

Boras tabbed Harper as a "generational" and "iconic" player - citing the Nationals' stark increase in attendance, television ratings and overall franchise value since Harper joined the team. That means more than the $325 million that Stanton got, and likely considerably more. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients. It was not enough.

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