Home Sports Law: Harper’s deal with Phillies works well for both sides

Law: Harper’s deal with Phillies works well for both sides

28
0
SHARE
Law: Harper’s deal with Phillies works well for both sides
play
What Bryce Harper brings to the Phillies (1:15)

Check out the stats that earned Bryce Harper the largest free-agent deal of all time, a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies. (1:15)

7:43 PM ET

  • Keith LawESPN Senior Writer

    Close

    • Senior baseball analyst for Insider
    • Was special asst. to Blue Jays GM
    • Wrote for Baseball Prospectus

Well, thank goodness that’s over.

The Philadelphia Phillies became the preseason favorites in the National League East — which is worth something, I suppose, until the games begin in earnest — with the signing of Bryce Harper to the largest contract in baseball history by total value. It is also, as odd as this might sound, kind of team-friendly. It’s still a good deal for Harper, who has gone from high school phenom to No. 1 pick to MVP to a man who’ll be rich beyond any of our wildest dreams. And he doesn’t even have to be peak Harper to make this a very good deal for the Phillies.

Harper steps in as the Phillies’ right fielder, replacing the disappointing Nick Williams, who has been somewhere around replacement level in a year-plus with the big club, and even just an adequate, healthy season from Harper makes that a four- to five-win upgrade.

To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

Read More

Leave a Reply