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Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

$500 million.

That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts.

One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper.

Harper will become a free agent in 2018 and people are already projecting his market value at close to $500 million, if not more.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract back in 2014 for 13 years, $325 million, holding the league record.

For Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg, $500 million is a bargain for someone of Harper's caliber.

"Harper is every bit as good [as Stanton] but he's also young," Greenberg told the Sports Junkies Friday.

"I mean, we don't see a player that's as good as Harper, that's as young a Harper, hit the market almost ever I want to say. You look at how many years of his prime he has left and then even if you start to give him just the typical aging curb off of that prime, he's probably worth close to 570 million dollars starting from 2019 and going forward ten years. And that includes also the price of free agency going up and other factors."

Harper, who is only 25 years-old, brings more to a team than just talent. He's one of the most recognizable figures in baseball, bringing tremendous marketing opportunities to an organization. Greenberg dove deeper into how that will increase his market value.

"And that's just for the on-the-field product. You talk about all the marketing that's done around Bryce Harper [and] what he does for the game. In my opinion, and based on the numbers that I saw, he's a bargain at $500 million."

Don't we all wish someone would say $500 million is a bargain for us?

After crunching the numbers, the biggest takeaway for Greenberg is the return on investment the Nationals have gotten out of Harper.

"Like if you look at his wins above replacement throughout his career, he's given you 200 million dollars in value for 21 million dollars in cash and he's due what another 26 or 27 million this year. I mean he's already given you an amazing return on investment."

"So, if you're the Nationals having - benefited from that - you know you have a little bit of, I guess, wiggle room in terms of maybe you're paying a little bit for past performance 'cause, you know, when a player is on arbitration in their early years they don't really get paid that much."

The Nationals still have Harper for one more season and many feel they need to make him an offer sooner than later. Whenever and whoever he gets an offer from, it's going to be a nice pay day for him.

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Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman receive honors from fellow ballplayers

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Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman receive honors from fellow ballplayers

NEW YORK -- Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was voted outstanding player for the second straight season in Players Choice Awards balloting by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was selected Marvin Miller Man of the Year, given to the player who most inspires other players through on-field performances and contributions to his community. Rizzo was treated for limited state classical Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2008 and in 2012 founded the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research and supports the families of children with cancer.

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Altuve, who led the Astros to their first World Series championship, also was voted outstanding AL player for the second straight year. He hit .346 and won his third AL batting title in four years. Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was the outstanding NL player, leading the major leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs.

Washington right-hander Max Scherzer was picked as the outstanding NL pitcher, going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and an NL-leading 268 strikeouts. Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber was the AL's outstanding pitcher with an 18-4 record and big league-best 2.25 ERA.

New York outfielder Aaron Judge was the top AL rookie, setting a major league rookie record with 52 homers. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger was the top NL rookie, hitting an NL rookie record 39 homers after his late April debut.

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Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas were the top comeback players. After shoulder, wrist, thumb, foot, hamstring and oblique injuries, the 33-year-old Zimmerman hit .303 with 36 homers and 108 RBIs, earning his first All-Star Game selection since 2009. The 29-year-old Moustakas returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in May 2016 and hit .272 with 38 homers and 85 RBIs.

Balloting among big league players took place on Sept. 19 and results were announced Wednesday.

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Nationals' Scherzer, Strasburg named two of the three NL Cy Young finalists

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Nationals' Scherzer, Strasburg named two of the three NL Cy Young finalists

Throughout the 2017 season both Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg were dominant for the Washington Nationals.

On Monday evening, Major League Baseball re-affirmed what Nationals fans already knew, naming both of them as finalists for the National League Cy Young Award. They account for two of the three finalists.

The other finalist was Clayton Kershaw from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Nationals are the only team this season to have two players nominated in the same category in the annual Baseball Writers' Association of America honors.

Picking up where the 2016 NL Cy Young winner left off last season, Scherzer finished with a 16-6 record. He stuck out 268 batters and a earned a career-high ERA with 2.51 and a career-high 0.902 WHIP. Night-in and night-out Scherzer always gave the Nationals a chance to win. If he were to win, it would be Scherzer's third time taking home this award.

For Stephen Strasburg, easily it was the best season of his career. Here is a list of the career highs for him: ERA (2.52), WHIP (1.015), WAR (6.5). He also tied his win total (15), allowed the fewest amount of hits (55) and home runs (13). It is the first time the 29-year-old has been named a Cy Young finalist. Statistically he was just as good as Scherzer, but Scherzer's overall command and intimidation was un-matched.

They both will go up against three-time Cy Young winner Kershaw, who helped lead the Dodgers to their first World Series berth in 30 years. 

Below is how all three stack up based on regular season statistics:

Scherzer: 16-6, 2.51 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 12.0 K/9

Strasburg: 15-4, 2.52 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 10.5 K/9

Kershaw: 18-4, 2.31 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 10.4 K/9