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

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Teams do make token offers now and then, to save face or push the price up for rivals. But a well placed source told ESPN's Buster Olney on Wednesday that the New York Yankees won't be one of the team's in the bidding.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are usually in contention when it comes to signing the top free agents on the market, and that may be the case with Bryce Harper this winter. So hefty, in fact, that it is expected to exceed the $300 million mark after he turned down a 10-year offer for that much from the Washington Nationals, the team he spent the first seven years of his career with.

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Mike Rizzo says the Nationals are open to more negotiations with Harper in the future, and Scott Boras feels the same.

While Harper could be exploring other options, it's still possible he might return to the Nationals. While Harper's presence on the Nats is realistically one of the myriad factors that have effected those changes, those types of milestones could very well carry more weight with some franchise owners than with baseball operations leaders. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench.

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If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a backup in centre. It will cost them roughly $US13 million. That would make them seem like an unlikely landing spot for Harper, but Castillo reports that they offered Puig as part of a trade for Harper. "But I'm uncomfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". No deal is official and no announcement has been made.

The 2015 National League MVP, Harper hit.249 last season with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs as the Nationals missed the playoffs. Max Scherzer got exactly $US30 million.

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