"Its elite. Global, certainly", Boras said of working on a deal for Harper in free agency. The deal would have included Yasiel Puig. The Nationals reportedly made Harper a huge long-term offer at the end of the regular season, but he declined it.
In a conversation with The Post, Boras said in Harper's time with the Nationals, the club's value climbed more than four times, attendance increased by 600,000 and TV ratings tripled, and that his client had a substantial hand in those rises.
"He's shown the type of player he is, and now he's a grizzled veteran, " Rizzo said.
Harper is expected to garner interest from a multitude of teams, and among them could be the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market. Hence why so many players have taken so long to sign contracts in recent years. It may not have been.
Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value. For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.
Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag.
"Bank on it", Nightengale wrote of the Phillies signing Harper. Though it feels unlikely that he'll have a better season than his 2015 National League MVP season - a season in which he hit.330 with 42 home runs and a staggering 9.3 fWAR - many of his best career years should still be in front of him.