After months of speculation, Bryce Harper has finally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, to the tune of 13 years and $330 million. It's the On Saturday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., the home for the Phillies' spring training games, Harper was officially introduced as a Phillie.
A six-time All-Star, 2012 National League Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP, Harper has combined to slash .279/.388/.512 over 927 games in his major league career. Harper, 26, appeared in 159 games for the Washington Nationals and batted .249 with 34 home runs, a career-best 100 RBI, a major league-leading 130 walks, a .393 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage last season. CBS Sports available free agent this winter.
Harper, along with his agent, Scott Boras, Phillies owner John Middleton and general manager Matt Klentak all took questions from the media, and we finally got our first look at Harper in red pinstripes.
Harper had a chance to elaborate on his record-setting contract and why he ultimately chose the city of Philadelphia.
Harper: "I'm gonna grow my family in this city ... I can't wait to be part of the Phillies for a long period of time."— The Good Bryce (@TheGoodPhight) March 2, 2019
The absolute money quote: "I wanna be part of this organization, I don't wanna go anywhere else. I wanna be part of this family, this Philly nation. Through the bumps, the bruises, the good the bad, I wanna be here."— The Good Bryce (@TheGoodPhight) March 2, 2019
Bryce Harper on his $330 million deal— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) March 2, 2019
“Baseball’s worth $11.5 billion (annually), so I think some of that should go to the players”
A big part of why the Phillies were able to sell Harper such a huge commitment to their team was because of their emphasis on family. But another reason why Harper wanted to stay in Philly through his age-38 season is becauseHe even alluded to one during the press conference…
“I know there’s another guy in about two years who comes up off the books. We’ll see what happens with him.”— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) March 2, 2019
Bryce Harper elaborates on how his record-setting contract still allows the Phillies financial flexibility to bring in other players. pic.twitter.com/hC17HFbxGc
Angels superstar Mike Trout went to high school in Millville, N.J., which is just about an hour south of Philadelphia, and he is a die-hard Eagles fan. Trout is two years away from entering the open market,
Harper's contract does not include any opt-out clauses, option years, or deferred money. It is a straight 13-year deal worth $330 million. Harper does get full no-trade protection, however. He spoke about his preference for signing a deal with no opt-outs.
Harper confirms he didn’t want an opt out from the start of the process. Said he wanted to grow roots.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) March 2, 2019
During his seven years with the Washington Nationals, Harper wore No. 34 but on Saturday, he told reporters that he will wear No. 3 for the Phillies because he believes the late Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear Harper's old number in Philly. Halladay will be this July.
Bryce Harper wore 34 in Washington, now 3 in Philly.— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) March 2, 2019
“I thought Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear it ... He’s 34. He represents that number in Philly.”