Bryce Harper rejected ‘aggressive’ contract offer from Nationals: report
Bryce Harper made it clear at the last home game of the 2018 season that he enjoyed playing for the Washington Nationals. It turns out that he rejected a contract offer from the team that very day.
The Nationals offered Harper a new deal on “the last day of the final homestand” in September, the Washington Post reported Tuesday evening. Harper’s camp rejected it.
One source described the contract offer as “aggressive.” It’s long been thought that the Nationals will not be able to out-spend the likes of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for Harper’s services in 2019 and beyond.
Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on Sept. 26, the Nationals’ final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team’s new offer.
“It’s definitely crazy walking in today and knowing this could be my last game at Nats Park in my white jersey ... I knew I wanted to get here and put the uniform on right away and just cherish that moment, if it’s going to be the last time or not,” he told reporters before that day’s game.
At MLB general managers’ meetings Tuesday, Washington’s Mike Rizzo said that”we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season” to negotiate with the star outfielder.
Now that Harper is officially a free agent, he can negotiate with any team. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday.