The Washington Nationals have no plans of letting Bryce Harper go anywhere else. They do have the plans to keep him around, and it may be in their best interest. The last thing the Nationals want is Harper to be playing against them.
They want him to compete with them instead. It is official, Harper will be continuing to compete with Washington after reports of a new deal are surfacing. Harper’s new deal with Washington may even reach new heights. It is believed to be a record one-year deal for 2018.
On Saturday, the Washington Nationals announced that they had signed Harper to a contract for their 2018 season, according to CBS Sports. The financial terms of the deal have not been confirmed, but it is expected to be a big deal.
This season Harper is set to make $13.6 million. In his 2018 season, he may be making a lot more than that. It is reported that he could be paid up to $21.6 million, and another $1 million in bonuses if he wins MVP.
For an arbitration-eligible player, that would be a record setting deal. It may seem like a massive amount of money, but if anyone is paid $20 million for one year of baseball, it only makes sense that it be Harper. He has been more than consistent since breaking into the MLB.
Harper’s new enormous contract may not come as a surprise. In his 2017 season, he is already exceptionally productive. He has had many good seasons, and there may be more to come. His 2017 season is an example of his talent, and it is far from over.
In 31 games, he is off to one of the hottest starts in the league. In addition to posting a .372 batting average at the plate, he is swinging for the fences, slugging 10 home runs, and driving in 29 RBIs.
Along with his plate productivity, he has also displayed his plate discipline as Harper has taken 28 walks on the year already. He might even be on pace to surpass his total of 108 walks last season.
Seeing Harper send the baseball into the stands, drive in a load of RBIs, and reach base in every few appearances at the plate is nothing new for the Nationals. Since he joined the team in 2012, they have seen a lot of it. He can reach base, hit for power, run the base-path well, and even has strong defense to offer in the outfield.
There is not much more he could do better for the Nationals. In his total of six seasons wearing the Nationals uniform he has already accomplished a lot, including slugging over 40 home runs in 2015, stealing 20 plus bases, in 2016, and batting over 350 this season. In his Nationals career he totals 131 long balls, and 363 RBIs.
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Commentary by Cody Macleod