Everyone knows the Nationals would like to sign Bryce Harper to a long-term contract, but the exact price of such a deal has been the subject of much debate, particularly since he won the NL MVP award after a historic 2015 season.
All sorts of numbers have been thrown out there, as no one really knows what it will take. An interview Harper did with 106.7 The Fan, however, may have given us a good indication of a starting point.
Harper was asked by Grant Paulsen on the Grant and Danny Show if he could be in line for a $400 million deal, one that would shatter the current record for a free agent contract held by Giancarlo Stanton.
“Yeah, I mean I don’t really think about that stuff. I just try to play the years out and do everything I can to help my team win,” Harper said. “But don’t sell me short. That’s what you’re doing right now to me, so don’t do that."
Don't sell him short. You heard the man. It sounds like Harper is looking for more than $400 million. He didn't specify, but this will make debating his future even more interesting.
Harper's interview airs in full on 106.7 The Fan on Friday's show at 11 a.m. Harper will also discuss Dusty Baker, Jonathan Papelbon and his recent support of the Redskins.
For more on Harper's interview, click here.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.