Major League Baseball star Bryce Harper rejects $300M offer from Nationals

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals

Harper's agent, Scott Boras, has a history of extending contract talks with his free agent players beyond the holiday season.

While Harper rejected the Nationals' initial offer, he can still choose to re-sign with the team.

However, his quick rejection of the deal doesn't exactly inspire hope he'll be returning to Washington.

In order to afford Harper, the Yankees might have to explore the option of dealing Stanton, who has a no-trade clause. Teams do make token offers now and then, to save face or push the price up for rivals. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

The Dodgers included Yasiel Puig in trade offers they made to the Washington Nationals in July and August for their superstar outfielder, The Los Angeles Times' Jorge Castillo reported Wednesday, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. While Harper's presence on the Nats is realistically one of the myriad factors that have effected those changes, those types of milestones could very well carry more weight with some franchise owners than with baseball operations leaders. It will cost them roughly $13 million.

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"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper re-signing)", Rizzo added.

Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Boras also described the system that rewards teams for tanking as a "cancer".

Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value.

Average annual value would have been $30 million, USA Today Sports's Bob Nightengale reports. The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.

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