Washington's offer would have been the biggest free agent deal by total money paid in the history of the four major American sports leagues.
They reportedly touched base with the Nationals on him at the non-waiver trade deadline this past season and claimed Harper on waivers less than a month later, although the two teams were unable to come to an agreement on a trade.
However, his quick rejection of the deal doesn't exactly inspire hope he'll be returning to Washington.
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Louis was sacked from her job after a video went viral in which she blocked a black man from entering his own apartment building. Last month, a white woman in Brooklyn called the police after accusing a 9-year-old African-American boy of groping her.
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. 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?"
It's hard to find an executive, scout, or rival agent who doesn't believe that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies, maybe a month from now when he can drive from his Las Vegas home to Mandalay Bay and make the official announcement himself."But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him".
Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen. His clients include Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and former Nats outfielder Jayson Werth. Even though Harper is still only 26, a 14-year deal with an average annual value of $30 million per season felt a bit excessive.
Zack Greinke ($US34 million), David Price ($US31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($US31 million) all got more. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes). It was not enough.