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Bryce Harper - A Career Timeline Video

Mar 14, 2019 5:45 PM

Bryce Harper is only 26 years old still, but he's had a unique path in MLB as a former prodigy and early MVP who will now be with the Phillies for the remainder of his career.

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Nats' Bryce Harper Offer Had $100M In Deferred Money Until He Was 65

Mar 11, 2019 12:52 PM

The Washington Nationals offered Bryce Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract, but it had $100 million in money that would be deferred until he was 65 years old.

"I grew up in front of those fans and that city, and I enjoyed every minute of it," Harper said. "But I didn't know if I fit into their plans. About $100 million of that contract was deferred 'til I was 65 years old.

"It's like, 'What does that do for me? What does that do for my family?'"

Harper eventually agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies on a 13-year, $330 million contract.

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Nationals, Craig Kimbrel Progressing Towards Deal

Mar 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The Washington Nationals are progressing towards a contract agreement with Craig Kimbrel, according to a report.

The two sides have remained in touch throughout the offseason.

Kimbrel would presumably become Washington's closer with Sean Doolittle moving into a setup role.

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Bryce Harper To Choose Between Phillies, Dodgers, Giants This Week

Feb 25, 2019 7:32 PM

Bryce Harper is expected to reach his free agency decision by the end of the current week.

The bidding is down to the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers re-entered the bidding for Harper with interest in a short-term contract. The Giants also have interest in signing Harper on a short-term deal, but ownership may overrule their front office as they look to make another signing similar to when they signed Barry Bonds in the early 1990s.

The Washington Nationals previously offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract in September, but are out of the running. The Chicago White Sox are also out on signing Harper.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Max Scherzer: Pitch Clock Messes With 'Fabric' Of Baseball

Feb 25, 2019 7:25 AM

Max Scherzer has made it clear that he isn't a fan of Major League Baseball's pitch clock experiment.

"I know as players that's something that MLB is trying to negotiate," he said. "I don't think there's negotiation here. As players, it just shouldn't be in the game. Having a pitch clock, if you have ball-strike implications, that's messing with the fabric of the game. There's no clock in baseball and there's no clock in baseball for a reason."

MLB decided on a 20-second pitch clock during spring training this year after pushing for an agreement with players last season. Owners have the right to implement the clock for the regular season but would prefer to reach an agreement with the union.

It's all being done with an eye on speeding up the pace of play.

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Nationals Move On From Bryce Harper

Feb 22, 2019 11:19 AM

The Washington Nationals have made the decision to move on from Bryce Harper.

"Nothing's certainly changed on our end," owner Mark Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas Friday. "We've moved on. As I said back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I'm sure will make his decision hopefully in the next few days, but we've filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best."

The Nationals offered a 10-year, $300 million offer to Harper before the end of the season.

There haven't been any recent talks between the Nationals and Harper.

"But there's always that, the door's cracked a little bit," Lerner added. "I have no clue at this point what they're up to. We really haven't heard from them in a couple months."

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Bryce Harper Has Turned Down 'Multiple' $300M-Plus Offers

Feb 21, 2019 10:19 AM

Bryce Harper has turned down "multiple offers over $300 million in recent weeks," according to a report.

Jon Heyman names the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals as the most interested parties, with the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox on the margins.

The belief is that Harper will ultimately land more guaranteed money than Manny Machado.

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Sean Doolittle Voices Support For New Era's Union Workers Losing Jobs

Feb 19, 2019 11:32 AM

New Era is closing its Western New York factory, eliminating approximately 200 union jobs in favor of non-union workers at a new plant in Florida.

New Era is the official hat provider for Major League Baseball.

"As one of the most prominent unions in the US, we want to elevate the voices of the laborers whose work makes our game possible," Sean Doolittle tweeted, becoming the first major league player to throw his support behind the workers at the Derby plant.

"This isn’t the first time that jobs of union garment workers who make MLB uniforms have been in jeopardy. In 2017, MLB was able to step in and help broker a deal to save 600 textile jobs at the Majestic factory in PA. It was a win for everyone," Doolittle tweeted.

"As players continue to stand together it’s important that we also continue to stand in solidarity with the union labor that has helped make our game what it is today," he tweeted.

"We stand in solidarity with the Derby, NY factory families who make the iconic on-field hats we put on everyday and fans wear to support their favorite team," Doolittle tweeted. "We hope MLB can help these NY families the way they helped the uniform workers in PA. Otherwise, it’s ."

New Era makes about 65 million baseball caps per year. 

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Nationals, Jeremy Hellickson Agree Upon $1.3M Deal

Feb 7, 2019 8:01 AM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with Jeremy Hellickson, according to multiple reports.

Hellickson, 31, could earn up to $4 million more through performance bonuses.

He was 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 starts for Washington last season. He is expected to compete to be the club's No. 5 starter.

Associated Press

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Nolan Arenado's Looming Extension Could Affect Harper, Machado

Feb 5, 2019 8:04 AM

The Colorado Rockies are at "the finals" in extension talks with Nolan Arenado, according to owner Dick Monfort.

Arenado could hit free agency next offseason.

If he lands an extension worth around $250 million soon, it could lead to Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado asking for that much -- if not more -- in free agency.

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Bryce Harper Sends Cryptic Tweet After Super Bowl
After the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII, Bryce Harper posted a cryptic tweet simply saying "Loading..."

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Nationals Ban Backpacks From Ballpark
It's a step farther than other Major League clubs have gone in an era of enhanced security at stadiums.

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Nationals Hire Jack McKeon As Senior Adviser
The 88-year-old's son, Kasey, is the Nationals' director of player procurement.

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Bryant, Longoria Frustrated That Harper, Machado Remain Unsigned
Free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both remain unsigned with less than a month before spring training begins.

ESPN.com

Joe Maddon: Bryce Harper To Cubs Is 'Not Going To Happen'
The Cubs have a limited budget this offseason, but had been expected to be players for Bryce Harper for several years.

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Brian Dozier, Nationals Agree Upon One-Year, $9M Deal
The Nationals have reached an agreement on a one-year, $9 million deal with Brian Dozier, according to sources.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Momentum Building Toward Nationals Re-Signing Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper is set to meet with the Phillies this week in Las Vegas, but they appear to be increasing their pursuit of Manny Machado.

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Nationals, Bryce Harper Met For Five Hours Before Christmas
Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, met with the Nationals for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas, according to a report.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Bryce Harper's Free Agency Could Go Into February
Bryce Harper continues to wait for a contract he deems suitable.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Nationals Haven't Ruled Out Re-Signing Bryce Harper
While they could still re-sign Bryce Harper, the Nationals are also preparing themselves for life without him.

Jamal Collier/MLB.com

Nationals Reach Two-Year, $19M Deal With Anibal Sanchez
The 34-year-old had a 2.83 ERA in 24 starts for the Braves last season.

ESPN

Dodgers Interested In Bryce Harper On Short-Term Deal
The Dodgers do not want Bryce Harper on the type of long-term, record-setting contract he's seeking.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Matt Adams Returns To Nationals
First baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $4M deal with the Nationals.

ESPN.com

Red Sox Owe Nearly $12M In Luxury Tax
The only other MLB team that owes is the Nationals, who must pay $2.3M.

ESPN.com

Nationals Trade Tanner Roark To Reds
The Nationals have traded Tanner Roark to the Reds for right-hander Tanner Rainey.

Associated Press

Phillies To Meet With Agents For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
According to sources, the Phillies prefer signing Manny Machado to Bryce Harper.

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Nationals Don't Expect To Re-Sign Bryce Harper
The Nationals don't expect to re-sign Bryce Harper, says owner Mark Lerner.

ESPN

Patrick Corbin Agrees To Six-Year Deal With Nationals
Patrick Corbin is a two-time All-Star.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Indians Trade Yan Gomes To Nationals
The Indians acquire pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named from the Nationals.

ESPN.com

Nationals Meet With Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin also recently met with the Phillies and he's expected to sit down with the Yankees as well.

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