Bryce Harper Officially Signs - $330,000,000

Bryce Harper finally officially signed the dotted line today and reports say it’s 13 years and $330 million which is $30 more million than Manny Machado got from the Padres. I posted an article back on Feb 16 with proof that the Phillies and Harper had agreed to a deal and I do believe they had a verbal agreement but then Machado got what he did so Scott Boras dragged this thing out to get his client the maximum value like he always does. Bryce Harper is going to be a Philly until 2032.

Phillies Projected lineup:

Andrew McCutchen

Jean Segura

Bryce Harper

J.T. Realmuto

Rhys Hoskins

Maikel Franco

Odubel Herrera

Cesar Hernandez

Great lineup and 1-4 were acquired this offseason. The only problem they are going to have this season and I already touched on it back in my first article on Feb 16 is their starting pitching. Only 2 of their starting 5 had a record above .500 last season. Can Jake Arrieta have a bounce back season after the slow season he had last year? Will they have any money left to sign another pitcher? Will they make a trade during the season? We will have to wait and see but if they keep this pitching rotation as is, it’s not enough to win the World Series.

Harper becomes the third MLB player to sign a contract for $300 million or more and his 13 year deal has 0 opt out options on either side so these two are going to be together for a long time. He is still the second highest paid athlete behind Canelo Alvarez. Let’s break down his contract a little deeper:

  • If he plays 162 games this season, he will make $156,695 per game

  • He averages 26 homeruns per season, he would get paid $976,331 per home run if he hits 26 this season

  • He averages 472 at bats per season - he would make $53,780 per at bat

  • He averages 74 RBIs per season - he would make $343,035 per run batted in…

  • He averages 119 strikeouts per season - he would make $213,316 per strikeout

  • He averages 193 hits per season - he would make $193,775 per hit

Let the Bryce Harper era begin in Philly, I know all you Philly fans still hate me for the Rhys Hoskins piece last year and guess what, I hate you all too. However, I can honestly say I’m happy for you that you have signed one of the best players in the game, for a long time.