Nightengale now says that the $300 million offer is no longer in play.
They reportedly touched base with the Nationals on him at the non-waiver trade deadline this past season and claimed Harper on waivers less than a month later, although the two teams were unable to come to an agreement on a trade.
Harper is expected to garner interest from a multitude of teams, and among them could be the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart. He'd make any team in baseball better, including the Red Sox. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante. The system is now perversely set up to encourage teams to go to one extreme or the other in terms of competitiveness, which hurts the overall product as well as specific things like the free agent market. The Nationals wanted to lock up their star, but Harper felt $30 million per year for the next decade wasn't enough money.More news: Arsenal's Danny Welbeck suffers leg injury against Sporting
At just 26-years-old Harper has won Rookie of the Year and an MVP award. It may not have been.
Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag. The Phils inked a new TV deal four years ago that not only pays out a total of $2.5 billion in rights fees; it also comes with a 25 percent ownership stake in Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that could be worth billions more.
Harper is a 6-time All-Star with 184 home runs, 521 RBI and a.900 OPS in his career.More news: BTS's Japanese TV appearance cancelled after Jimin wears 'atomic bomb' shirt
With Harper playing a majority of his games in right fielder the last few years, it makes sense that Puig would become expendable if it meant acquiring a player of Harper's caliber.
Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak. It's not hard to see why Phillies managing partner John Middleton, along with general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail, would be willing to issue a historic contract to Harper to play his home games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.More news: Ariana Grande Stumbles, Laughs While Performing ‘Thank U, Next’ on ‘Ellen’