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Bryce Harper’s Agent Drops Major Bombshell – Confirms Intense Interest in Contract Extension!



After recent speculations about Bryce Harper’s interest in extending his contract with the Phillies, agent Scott Boras confirmed this during the winter meetings. Boras revealed that Harper expressed his desire to work out an extension to solidify his commitment to the team for the remainder of his career. Harper wants to ensure stability and contribute to recruiting players to Philadelphia, emphasizing his dedication to the fans. According to Boras, Harper has been instrumental in attracting major free agents and other players to the Phillies.

Harper is currently in the middle of a 13-year, $330 million contract he signed with the Phillies in the 2018-19 offseason. At the time, it was the most expensive contract in baseball history and still ranks seventh all-time in total dollars. Despite its historical significance, Harper’s deal doesn’t rank among the top 40 in terms of average annual value (AAV), with a relatively modest AAV of just under $25.4 million per season. He is owed $196 million through the 2031 season.

Harper’s contract was intentionally structured as a 13-year pact without opt-outs or club option years, providing him with long-term security and allowing the Phillies to manage their luxury tax expenses. Given the team’s recent exceedance of the tax threshold, the AAV benefits of Harper’s contract have become crucial for the Phillies. While Harper is already secured through his age-38 season, the team might consider extending him further into his 40s after monitoring his performance in the coming years.

Despite facing injuries and defensive limitations in recent seasons, Harper remains a formidable force at the plate. He has delivered impressive numbers, including a .284/.395/.536 slash line over 2,497 plate appearances with the Phillies. Harper was named NL MVP in 2021, contributing to the Phillies’ World Series appearance in 2022 and reaching Game 7 of the NLCS in 2023.

Considering Harper’s skills, if he were a free agent entering his age-31 season, he could likely command more than eight years and $196 million. While speculating on a potential extension, the Phillies might explore options such as adding a few years to the contract at a reduced AAV or restructuring the deal to lower the annual tax impact further, aligning with Harper’s focus on security over pure financial gain.