This Is the Richest Deal in North American Sports

Reports: Harper spurns D-backs rivals Dodgers, Giants to sign with Phillies

The Nationals reportedly offered Harper a 10-year contract worth $300 million before the offseason began. The agreement does not include any opt-out for Harper, but he will have a no-trade clause, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

There will also be no deferrals during the life of the contract, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

The Bryce Harper saga is finally over. But it was really just Scott Boras doing his work to get Harper the contract. It's one thing to get outbid or have the player choose another team, but not even making a serious attempt to sign either of them? He batted.249 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and an.889 OPS last season.

The contract made him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball history, eclipsing the mark set by Giancarlo Stanton when he signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins.

In any case, the Giants won't have to face him upwards of 20 times per season for the next decade-plus, and regardless of what you think of the contract he received, there's no denying Harper's huge talent.

A short distance from the baseball field, Harper family friend Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock said the deal good for the sport. Despite that status, it took Harper quite a long time to make up his mind, with the Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, and Cubs all rumored to have at least tested the Harper waters. Signing Harper doesn't rid them of that flexibility though thanks to his relatively low annual value.

Harper, 26, is a six-time All-Star who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nationals.

Free agent running back Le'Veon Bell shared a screen shot of his Instagram DMs on Friday, which included the following message from Harper: "Aye come join!"

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo would have loved to keep Harper in his team's lineup but didn't sit around and wait to find out whether that would happen.

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