", "The goal was to get the longest contract possible," Boras said. But that doesn't mean they're not trying.". ... Harper agreed to a $330 million, 13-year deal with the club, the largest contract in baseball history. All this benefits not only Harper, but the Phillies who will see increased visibility. Major League Baseball spring training is underway and some of the biggest concerns about spending by teams headed into the MLB season have now been addressed, with roughly $1 billion spent on new player contracts within the last two weeks. The ascension of the Phillies was expected. As recently as 2017, Harper was a .319/.413/.595 (156 OPS+) hitter who amassed 29 homers and 4.7 WAR in 111 games around a fluke knee injury suffered when he slipped on a wet base. Major League Baseball saw $10.3 billion in revenue in 2018, a new record. They signed Andrew McCutchen as a free agent. Expect that to grow further now that he’s baseball’s highest-paid player. Harper has hit over .274 only twice in his career. According to multiple sources, the Harper contract has a salary breakdown of this: There is a $20 million signing bonus that is broken out into two $10 million installments that will be paid on June 1 and Nov 1 of this year, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The contract's $330 million salary is a new record for overall dollars, topping the $325 million of Giancarlo Stanton. All Rights Reserved. There’s still plenty of time to render a verdict. Harper will also receive a full no-trade clause in the deal, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The Dodgers stayed with Joc Pederson in left field. Bryce Harper officially signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a 13-year megadeal, the team announced Friday night. After a seven-season tenure with the Washington Nationals that included a National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, an NL MVP Award in 2015 and six All-Star nods, Harper became a free agent for the first time in his career back in October. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images), Mark Brown | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the grievances, "and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.". He finished the season with a slash line of .249/.393/.496 and has a career slash line of .279/.388/.512. Finalists:#Dodgers: 3 years, $135 million or 4 years, $168 million.#SFGiants: 12 years, $310 million.#Phillies: 13 years, $330 million. "Optimal revenue sharing is an empirical question because it ultimately depends on the supply-side objectives of club owners throughout the league. The Padres will be another test case this season: The team inked the Machado deal after amassing what is widely regarded as one of the best farm systems in baseball, but also after close to a decade of consistently poor results on the field — the team has not had a winning record since 2010 and has not made the playoffs since 2006.