Bryce Harper is widely considered one of the best players in the MLB (Major League Baseball) in today’s game. Harper has been in the league since 2012 and was drafted by the Washington Nationals. He is widely supported around the league and has a lot of attention on him at all times. He keeps getting better and better with record stats during each year of his career.
Harper wanted a new bigger contract and the Nationals were not going to give it to him, so he thought it was time to go. On February 28 he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 13 year contract worth $330 million deal that would go through 2032 with a $10 million signing bonus.
In getting this contract there was a lot of hate around the league. He was voted the most overrated player in 2018 and was shocked, “I don’t really know what to say,” Harper told USA Today. “I mean, I have no answer. I have no idea.” Not having a career year like he is used to due to some minor injuries last season, he has gotten a lot of heat on not being a good player and many people are thinking that he does not deserve that contract. In Philadelphia they are really hard on sports and they will tell him if he is doing good or not. Bryce is expected to have a great year and to be a real candidate for MVP (Most Valuable Player) even though this being his first year with the Phillies.
This is the second biggest contract in MLB history following Mike Trout’s $430 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, with him getting that contract a few days later.
The Phillies have been one of the worst performing teams in the league for the past few years, having club records in losses and all-time lows in wins. The Phillies are looking to turn things around with the signing of him and their development of their other young talented players.
“I think our goal is always to get 3 million fans, and I think this year in particular we have a really good chance to get there,” said Phillies Director of Sales Derek Schuster to FOX 29. They have high hopes and the city does too to see what they will do this year with one of the league’s best young players.