Bryce Harper Eyes Contract Extension With Phillies, Agent Boras Confirms

Photo: Instagram/Bryce Harper

In a bid to secure his long-term future with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper has expressed interest in signing a contract extension, according to his agent, Scott Boras.

Despite having eight years and $196 million remaining on his current deal, Harper aims to solidify his commitment to the team and end his career in Philadelphia.

Harper, who initially signed a $330 million contract in 2019, has seen his position in the list of highest-paid players slide to seventh.

Photo: Instagram/Bryce Harper

However, beyond the financial aspect, Harper has played a pivotal role in reshaping the perception of Philadelphia among players, actively contributing to the team's efforts in attracting major free agents.

The structure of Harper's current contract, with an average annual value of $25.38 million over 13 years, has positioned the Phillies favorably in terms of luxury tax considerations. His impact both on and off the field has led team owner John Middleton to acknowledge the possibility of Harper being underpaid, especially after his stellar performance in the 2022 NLCS.

Harper's decision to forgo opt-outs in his contract underscores his commitment to building a winning team in Philadelphia rather than pursuing championships elsewhere. With the Phillies evolving into legitimate contenders, Harper's achievements, including an MVP title and notable playoff performances, have set the stage for a potential championship run.

While the Phillies have addressed key priorities, such as re-signing Aaron Nola, attention now turns to negotiating a new deal for Harper. The offseason provides an opportune time for both parties to explore the details of an extension, further solidifying Harper's place as a cornerstone player for the Phillies.

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Source: NBC Sports


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