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Bryce Harper contract breakdown: How much money does Phillies star make in 13-year deal?

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When Bryce Harper hit the free-agent market after the 2018 MLB season, a mad scramble to land the outfielder was promised. He was one of the most hyped prospects not just in baseball, but also North American sports when he was drafted by the Nationals in 2010, and that hype continued when he was called up to the big leagues at 19 in 2012.

Harper’s free agency, however, was less a flood and more a trickle of information. Part of that was that he shared it with another mega-free agent, Manny Machado, which diluted speculation about where he was going to go. The other part is that the offers for Harper weren’t what was expected.

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Harper was pursued most earnestly by the White Sox, Giants, Astros and Dodgers. As Harper said in 2020 on the Starting 9 podcast, the White Sox pulled out during the process, the Giants were rebuilding, and the Astros and Dodgers offered shorter deals than Harper was seeking. Interest was further tempered by Machado’s 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, which became a benchmark for a Harper deal.

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Enter the Phillies, for whom, it was reported, Harper didn’t want to play. Or, rather, he reportedly didn’t want to be in Philadelphia. On March 2, 2019, Harper ended up signing a 13-year, $330 million contract, the biggest in MLB history at the time (that distinction lasted for all of 18 days, when Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $426 million extension with the Angels).

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Here’s a look at Harper’s contract length, money and other logistics:

Bryce Harper contract details, breakdown

Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019, an MLB record at the time.

The annual average value of the deal is $25.4 million. The pact includes no opt-outs (Machado has an opt-out with the Padres after 2024). Harper will be a free agent in 2032, his Age 39 season.

Year Base salary
2019 $10,000,000
2020 $26,000,000
2021 $26,000,000
2022 $26,000,000
2023 $26,000,000
2024 $26,000,000
2025 $26,000,000
2026 $26,000,000
2027 $26,000,000
2028 $26,000,000
2029 $22,000,000
2030 $22,000,000
2031 $22,000,000

One thing that becomes apparent to anyone who listens to Harper talk about his free agency is that, wherever he signed, he wanted to stay there for a long time. None of his money was deferred, and he has a full no-trade clause.

His contract incentives include $500,000 for league MVP (which he won in 2021), $100,000 for World Series MVP, and $50,000 each for All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and LCS MVP honors and awards.

Harper has more than lived up to those incentives thus far, and he’s only through four years of the deal. With nine more seasons as a member of the Phillies ahead, he’ll be looking to add to his trophy case (and his wallet).


Credit: sportingnews.com

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