The Washington Nationals agree to a one-year, $13.625 million deal with Bryce Harper, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
The 2015 reigning Nation League MVP saw some regression during his 2016 campaign, seeing a significant drop in almost every major statistical category from his 2015 season. The 24-year-old only hit .243/.373/.441 with 24 home runs and 84 runs scored, which for most people is a fantastic season at the plate, but not after Harper posted .330/.460/.649 with almost double the HR (42) and scoring more than 30 more runs the season before.
Harper was reportedly dealing with a shoulder issue all throughout last season, per Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, which may have led to the issues at the plate. However, Harper’s strange number drop was still good for nearly $14 million for 2017, blowing by the originally $9.3 mil he was thought to receive.
People have speculated that the Nationals are expecting their superstar player to leave in free agency, as Harper is expected to break records with his next multi-year deal. He is arbitration eligible next season and will become a free agent after 2018.null