Bryce Harper rejected contract offer from Nationals

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According to USA Today, which cited persons with direct knowledge of the proposed deal, the offer would have paid Harper an average of $30 million per year but expired after the Nats lost exclusive negotiating rights last week.

At MLB general managers' meetings Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras and said that "we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season" to negotiate with the star outfielder. Importantly, both sides felt the offer was legitimate and respectful.

That means they'll have to spend some money this winter, and according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the White Sox are interested in both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

The 2019 Major League Baseball free agency class has always been looked at one of the more anticipated, with Bryce Harper among the headliners.

So, how does Harper's offer compare to other big contracts?

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After seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, it looks as though Harper's time in D.C. could come to an end - though all options are still on the table. However, the team is still open to a different deal.

Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer. 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.

Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen. But for now, the Nationals made an offer that maintained a solid relationship with Harper while giving him what the team saw as fair market value.

No position player has ever received a deal worth more than $27.5 million average annual value. It was not enough.

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