Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

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It's always been thought that the Nationals will not be able to out-spend the likes of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for Harper's services in 2019 and beyond.

It's somewhat terrifying to think what Harper might be capable of playing 81 games a year at Citizens Bank Park.

"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said.

Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas. It is no secret that the Dodgers have been enamored with Harper for quite some time now. Nightengale now says that the Dodgers aren't interested in Harper, and the Cubs, ironically, seemed to put a dent in their chances to be able to afford Harper when they exercised Cole Hamels' $20 million option for 2019 last week. A team without many financial commitments, such as the Chicago White Sox, could choose to get involved and be aggressive. For years now, Boras has been selling Harper as a talent so rare he could command more than $400 million, and when presented with that number this week, he joked, "Why be so limiting?" Harper and Boras reportedly had expected bidding to start at 10 years for $350 million.

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Bryce Harper's free agency - or, as agent Scott Boras termed at the GM Meetings today, "Harper's Bazaar" - will be one of the most fascinating storylines the 2018-19 offseason has to offer. It may not have been.

However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper. Just how big his contract will be remains to be seen; however, he's already turned down a massive deal.

Harper is a 6-time All-Star with 184 home runs, 521 RBI and a.900 OPS in his career. Bryce Harper is arguably the best player on the market.

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