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Report: Harper turned down offer worth roughly $300 million from Nationals

Report: Harper turned down offer worth roughly $300 million from Nationals

Bryce Harper turned down an “aggressive offer” from the Nationals last month, according to a report from the Washington Post.

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nats' offer was roughly $300 million for 10 years, an average annual value of $30 million, with no opt outs. 

Harper was drafted by the Nationals in 2010 and spent the first seven years of his career in Washington. He is now a free agent for the first time in his career - and despite reportedly turning down the deal, could still return to Washington.

According to the Washington Post report, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said this week at general managers' meetings that the team “took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season” to negotiate with Harper but couldn't reach a deal. 

Harper nodded to the drama surrounding his offseason decision with this tweet last month: 

But his Instagram, at least in the past few weeks, has only been filled with offseason fun - like earlier this week when he surprised his wife, Kayla, with a seranade from The Backstreet Boys.

This article has been updated from a previous publish.

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Andy Martino of SNY refutes the reports that the Nats are out on Harper

Andy Martino of SNY refutes the reports that the Nats are out on Harper

Despite Mark Lerner's comments to NBC Sports Washington that the team hasn't been in recent contact with Bryce Harper and has filled out the roster, SNY's Andy Martino says not to give up hope.


"Do not believe that the Nationals are out on Harper," Martino said. "People I talk to around the situation are saying don't rule the Nationals out until the moment that Harper signs elsewhere."


Martino believes that the clearest options may not be what they seem.


"The Phillies of course are pursuing him, but I continue to hear they have a tough road to get Harper to come to Philly," he said. "The Phillies are possible but I don’t know that I would call them frontrunners."

After the news of Manny Machado signing with the Padres, all eyes turn to Bryce Harper and how long this continues to drag out. 

The clock is ticking.

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How to watch NBC Sports Washington's full interview with Nationals owner Mark Lerner

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's full interview with Nationals owner Mark Lerner

When Nationals principal managing owner Mark Lerner  see his team lose, he has a postgame ritual that rivals one of the most ordinary passionate fan.

“ I go into a closet and scream a little after,” Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas in an exclusive interview in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Friday. “No, no. That’s one thing that’s good about baseball. You’re going to play the next day. But I go home. I’m totally depressed. I won’t turn on the sports news or anything and get up the next morning, it’s a new day, get up and go after it again today. When I’m sitting down there, I’m very passionate as a fan. I’m yelling at the umpires like everybody else. I want to win. I hate losing exhibition games let alone regular-season games.”

Lerner also spoke about Bryce Harper's future - or lack thereof - with the team, Anthony Rendon and what he expects from the team this season.

The interview is now available in full on the MyTeams app, which can be downloaded here.

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