Bryce Harper Watch: Nationals ‘Expect’ Star Free Agent To Sign Elsewhere

Bryce Harper Watch: Nationals ‘Expect’ Star Free Agent To Sign Elsewhere

Bryce Harper Watch: Nationals ‘Expect’ Star Free Agent To Sign Elsewhere

While the Nationals have yet to secure Harper's return, they acquired one of the most sought after free-agent pitchers when signing Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal this week. Washington, which could lose star outfielder Bryce Harper this offseason in free agency, won 82 games last season and finished second in the NL East. "We are thrilled to bring him into our organization". The Nats offered Harper a reported 10-year, $300 million deal on the final day of the 2018 regular season. "I think they've made a decision to move on. Having somewhere where you can come live and there's so many things to do in this city that we're looking forward to experience together, and just - for me to be a part of it is going to be really special".

"We've always said that starting pitching is the driver", Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in an online statement. There's just too much money out there that he'd be leaving on the table. "But, if he leaves, we wish him nothing but the best".

Harper will be the talk of the Winter Meetings, which start Sunday in Las Vegas, his hometown.

"We feel very strongly we're in good shape", Lerner said. "We've got our Big 3".

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Corbin joins three-time Cy Young Award victor Scherzer, he of the $210 million deal, and three-time NL All-Star Strasburg, with a $175 million extension of his own. But we have no hard feelings about it, I must say.

Corbin gets a $2.5 million signing bonus payable next October 31 and salaries of $12.5 million next season, $19 million in 2020, $24 million in 2021, $23 million in 2022, $24 million in 2023 and $35 million in 2024 - when he turns 35.

Coming to LA lets him be the face of a massive market and puts him on a team that is going to be in the title picture for years to come. He would earn $100,000 for each All-Star appearance, $100,000 apiece for any Gold Glove or Silver Slugger, $250,000 for World Series MVP and $150,000 for League Championship Series MVP. And we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up'.

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