The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that Harper did not require any opt-out clauses in his new pact, which was long believed to be a sticking point of Harper's during contract negotiations. The 2015 NL MVP wants to remain in one city for the rest of his career. He likely would hit third or fourth, according to Kapler. He adds Harper will officially be introduced as a Phillie on Saturday, assuming he passes the test.
Philadelphia will forfeit its second-highest draft selection, now No. 55, and $500,000 of its 2019-20 worldwide signing bonus pool allotment. Like Nolan Arenado, Trout and Betts may choose to sign a massive extension prior to becoming free agents. Big paydays for superstar players. "Overall, it's a good day for all baseball players to see him get properly compensated".
Now that Harper's contract is on the books, what else could the Phillies look to do at the tail end of a very busy offseason?
Whether it happens or not, Harper is doing his part.
"We thought we were a complete team".
"Pretty cool", Nola said. He wasn't thrilled about going to the Phillies. but finally he goes there. 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.
California taxes its residents 12.3 percent on income of $572,981 and above and an additional 1 percent for those making $1 million or more per year - what's known as the mental health services tax - putting such earners on the hook for a 13.3 percent state income tax rate. The club's.494 winning percentage was their best since they went.500 in 2012.
Farhan Zaidi also was on board with the pursuit of Harper. Another key stat, though: The Nationals never won a playoff series in that span.
Last year, he hit 34 homers and produced a career-high 100 RBIs while walking 130 times, although his batting average dipped to.249.
After Machado and Harper's deals, Keuchel and Kimbrel are still free agents. All eyes will be on his return to D.C.
But that eventually ran its course.
Harper's $330 million contract with the Phillies is the richest deal in Major League Baseball history in terms of overall value and the second-largest in the sports history, trailing only boxer Canelo Alvarez's $365 million fight deal with streaming service DAZN.