Phillies rumors: Club interested in Keuchel, Kimbrel on short-term deal

Phillies rumors: Club interested in Keuchel, Kimbrel on short-term deal

Phillies rumors: Club interested in Keuchel, Kimbrel on short-term deal

According to multiple reports, Harper has agreed to a massive 13-year, $330M contract with the Phillies. Some deals were shorter in length but averaged $45 million per year, about $20 million more annually than the one Harper ultimately signed.

The contract reportedly does not have any opt-outs and contains a full no-trade clause, so Harper is committing to the city of Philadelphia for essentially the remainder of his career.

Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is a six-time All-Star and was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012. Sure enough, word has since surfaced about the offers made to him by both the San Francisco Giants and now the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Barring any significant injuries, Harper could have easily surpassed the $330 million over 13 years if he had taken the Dodgers' offer, then inked another lucrative deal once it expired. He hit.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a 135 wRC+, leading all of Major League Baseball with 130 walks. Those three combined for 89 homers in 2018, while the Phillies as a team past year hit 186.

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Bell, set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, posted a screenshot to his Instagram story of the news that Harper was signing with the Phillies, writing his own caption of "philly going insane right now". He started more than a third of his games in center field instead of his usual spot in right, because of injuries to teammates.

Bell is likely seeking a record-setting contract for a running back and after the Eagles re-signed Brandon Graham on Friday, they're over the salary cap. And it put Bryce Harper - the Bryce Harper - in the middle of a lineup that already looked stacked. All eyes will be on his return to D.C. The offer no longer was on the table after free agency opened without an agreement.

And with Harper now on board, they figure to be a force for years to come.

Washington never confirmed the exact number, but it was said to be "aggressive".

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