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News broke Thursday afternoon that coveted free agent Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, striking a deal that should keep the 26-year-old in the City of Brotherly Love until age 39.

The 13-year, $330 million transaction marks a new record in Major League Baseball for overall dollars, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. It just edges out Giancarlo Stanton's whopping $325 deal, which has an average annual value of $25 million.

The decision comes just one week removed from MLB's first $300 deal, as the San Diego Padres inked Manny Machado for the biggest free-agent contract in the history of the four major North American professional sports.

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Alex Rodriguez owns the following two largest contracts with two 10-year deals worth $252 and $275 million respectively.

The next two are evenly deadlocked at 10-year, $240 million deals, and owned by Albert Pujols and Robinson Cano.

On the mound, David Price owns the largest free agent contract ever awarded to a pitcher, with his seven-year, $217 million signing. He joined Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw in the $200 million pitchers club.

Harper's deal with Philadelphia includes a no-trade clause.

The Nationals play the Phillies on April 2 and 3 at Nationals Park, in the team's second series of the season.

 

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