If you thought this Major League Baseball offseason has been crazy, just wait until next year.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who still is just 25 years old, is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season. And although the Nats would love to lock up the superstar slugger before he hits the market, they believe Harper eventually will test free agency, USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale reported Friday.
You think the 13-year, $325 million contract Giancarlo Stanton signed in 2014 is a behemoth? Just wait until Harper hits the market. While no one knows for sure, many MLB insiders have speculated that Harper could become the first player to break the $400 million plateau.
Of course, he might not be the only player to sign a massive contract next offseason. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado — who the O’s reportedly are looking to trade — also is set to become a free agent next year.