The Bryce Harper sweepstakes finally ended on Thursday, with the Phillies reportedly landing the six-time All-Star outfielder for a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million deal.
The report ends an entire offseason’s worth of speculation as to where Harper would sign. Along with the Phillies, the Giants and Dodgers also reportedly had long-term offers on the table that the former NL MVP was considering. The specifics of the Giants offer was revealed by NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic on Thursday, when he tweeted that San Francisco had a 12-year, $310 million offer on the table for Harper. Apparently, the Giants would’ve had to offer more to land Harper, due to California taxes.
I’m told Giants made a 12-year, $310 million offer to Bryce Harper. They were willing to go higher but would have had to go well over $330 million to get it done because of California taxes.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 28, 2019
The fact that the Giants even offered that much for Harper is significant, especially since they reportedly were not interested in offering a “long-term deal” after the two sides met for the first time in early February. According to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers did not offer Harper a deal 10 years in length.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 28, 2019