Harper, Nationals reach $21.6 million deal for 2018 season

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Harper and the Nationals have reached a $21,625,000 deal for the 2018 season, a contact that covers the slugging outfielder through his a year ago before he can become a free agent. As Jon Heyman notes, that's a record one-year deal for an arb-eligible player.

However you slice it, it's a huge chunk of change for one of the league's most valuable players.

Harper, just 24, is hitting.372 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 31 games this season.

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Harper's eligible for free agency after the 2019 season, and he's nearly certainly going to shatter the record for the largest contract in baseball history. Harper would have been eligible for arbitration.

General manager Mike Rizzo announced the deal Saturday but did not disclose terms.

Nationals outfielder and 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper is back to producing at an exceptionally high level after a somewhat disappointing campaign previous year. "It gives us cost-certainty going into the season next year, and next year's payroll".

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"Couldn't get a two-year deal done at the time, but both sides always had open-mindedness of trying to put the five-plus arbitration season behind us", Rizzo said. He also hit.330 that season, miles ahead of his next-best performance, en route to being named MVP.

"We love what he's done for us, and we couldn't be happier that we know where we're at in 2018".

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