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Bryce Harper Harold Baines Jersey , but he wasn't interested in accepting it and missing out on free agency.Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the news, noting negotiations have not resumed sinceHarper rejected the offer. That leaves the door open for a number of other teams to pursue what figures to be one of the premier free agency targets of the entire offseason.Harper has been with the Nationals his entire career since he entered the league in 2012 and has already collected a Rookie of the Year, National League MVP and six All-Star nods in his first seven seasons. He slashed .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 2015 on his way to the MVP.He played a career-high 159 games and slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and career-best 100 RBI during the 2018 campaign, marking his sixth season with at least 20 long balls.Harper will surely command head-turning money on the open market, but he is just 26 years old and can be the face of a franchise and anchor an offense as it chases championships for a decade.According toJoe Osborneof OddsShark, the Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to land him at even betting odds, while the Chicago Cubs are second at +300 (bet $100 to win $300). The Nationals are third at +400 Chris Sale Jersey , although the fact he turned down such a noteworthy offer doesn't bode well for the only franchise he's ever known.The Cubs are in the middle of a competitive window, and Harper would provide a boost for an offense that was in dire need of support down the stretch as the Milwaukee Brewers passed them in the National League Central.The Phillies jumped from 66 wins in 2017 to 80 in 2018 and are primed to compete with a major addition. Harper would represent just that in a major market that may not shy away from offering him significant money. CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Nola hopes to win titles with the Philadelphia Phillies, and a $45 million, four-year contract will give him a chance.“This is pretty surreal and special for me,” the pitcher said Thursday, a day after agreeing to the deal. “I love it here. I love the city of Philadelphia. I want to be a part of this organization — a winning organization.”His contract includes a 2023 club option that could make the deal worth $56.75 million over five years.“I don’t play specifically for the money Rusney Castillo Jersey ,” he said as parents and teammates watched at a news conference. “I play for the love of game and I play for my teammates. They know that. I’m here to win and maximize my potential as much as I can.”The 25-year-old right hander is 41-28 in four seasons, including 17-6 last year with a 2.37 ERA and 0.975 WHIP. He finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting behind Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.“There really is nobody that’s more deserving of this than Aaron,” general manager Matt Klentak said. “And not just for what he’s done on the field but for the work ethic he brings to our team, the humility he brings. He really is the perfect fit for our team and our city.”Even without adding outfielder Bruce Harper or infielder Manny Machado, who remain on the free-agent market, Klentak feels like the organization has had a very productive offseason.“We have done just about everything we set out to do,” Klentak said. “At the beginning of the offseason we identified that we wanted to improve the team defense. We wanted to address our ability to get good hitters out late in the game Brock Holt Jersey , particularly left-handed hitters.“We’ve addressed our offense in a couple of key places, most notably shortstop and behind the plate and now we’ve taken care of locking up our best young player. A lot of years that would be a very complete, thorough and successful offseason and I really think it is.”Philadelphia acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura in trades and signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen and right-hander reliever David Robertson, both free agents. The Phillies have met with Harper and Machado.“There’s really nobody that can explain why certain players sign early, certain players sign late or certain players don’t sign at all,” Klentak said. “From a management perspective we have to be willing to pivot and adjust to the different timings that exist from year to year.”

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