Nationals owner Mark Lerner says he does not count on Bryce Harper to return to Washington after telling the celebrity that the crew maxed out with its offer on the finish of the common season.
Lerner advised 106.7 The Fan on Friday that he expects Harper and agent Scott Boras to take the very best offer attainable.
“I actually do not count on him to come again at this level,” Lerner said. “I believe they’ve determined to transfer on. There’s simply an excessive amount of cash out there that he’d be leaving on the desk. That is simply not Mr. Boras’ M.O. to go away cash on the desk.”
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A number of experiences said Harper rejected a 10-year contract price roughly $300 million in September.
Lerner did not talk about the precise offer that was given to Harper, however he said the Nationals could not comfortably offer extra and area a aggressive crew across the six-time All-Star.
“Once we met with them and we gave them the offer, we advised them, ‘That is the very best we are able to do.’ We went proper to the end line in a short time,” Lerner advised 106.7 The Fan. “And we said, ‘If that is of curiosity to you, please come again to us and we’ll see whether or not we are able to end it up.’ However we simply could not afford to put greater than that in and nonetheless give you the option to put a crew collectively that had an opportunity to win the NL East or go farther than that.”
Even when Harper was prepared to settle for the earlier Nationals offer, Lerner said he wasn’t certain the crew may now make it work.
The Nationals formally signed left-hander Patrick Corbin on Friday, with experiences saying he agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract. At a information convention introducing Corbin on Friday, basic supervisor Mike Rizzo was the deal was “impartial” of what may occur with Harper.
No timeline has been given on when Harper is predicted to signal with a crew. Harper is predicted to obtain the biggest contract in free company this 12 months, and Boras is understood for extending talks with his free brokers previous the vacation break.
With out Harper, the Nationals would have Adam Eaton, Juan Soto, Michael A. Taylor and Victor Robles of their outfield.
“We really feel very strongly we’re in good condition,” Lerner said. “It will be a younger, fairly unbelievable outfield defensively, and definitely with the bat, it is going to be particular. I believe Adam, now I believe he’s again. He had that season. And I believe Adam with the 2 younger guys, it is going to be a particular outfield.”
If Harper has performed his last recreation in Washington, Lerner said he’ll look again at Harper’s tenure fondly.
“This was a particular six years,” Lerner said. “And he’ll nonetheless be iconic within the metropolis. When he is available in enjoying for one other crew, we’ll do proper by him and have an actual ceremony. You’ll be able to’t be mad at him, and I do not assume he’d be mad at us if we will not go any additional.”