Coming off of his outstanding 2015 National League MVP campaign, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper struggled last season, hitting just .243 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs in 147 games played.
Whether or not his struggles were of the mental or physical variety, they nonetheless were a major disappointment for one of the game's young phenoms.
However, the 24-year-old right fielder has gotten off to a hot start so far this year, hitting .320 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs through his first 48 games heading into Monday night.
On May 13, Harper and the Nationals agreed on a one-year deal worth $21.625 million for the 2018, avoiding arbitration. It was the largest one-year deal ever given to an arbitration-eligible player.
The deal essentially means that Harper will be under Nationals control through the 2018 season, but will have full control on where he signs his mega deal in free agency at the conclusion of that campaign.
Via Eddie Matz of ESPN, an American League general manager (who wasn’t named) said Harper is going to be very rich after signing that eventual long-term deal. "He is going to get paid. Like, paid paid,” the GM said.
The number of $400 million has been floated around for the last few seasons, and the anonymous GM thinks the number might end up being even be higher than that.
“Four hundred million is light,” the GM said. “It's going to be more than that. If you could sign him to a 15-year contract, you do it. I would say something in the range of $35 million a year, maybe closer to the high 30s. It could approach 40 million dollars a year.”