Harper and Boras reportedly had expected bidding to start at 10 years for $350 million.
Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.
The sides could still strike a deal later in the off-season.
Since Harper was under contract with the Nationals at the time, they had exclusive rights to negotiate with him. According to reports, the Nats' offer is now off the table, but the team is still open to a deal.
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Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. Nightengale says that Harper is seeking a 13-year deal that tops the average annual value of $34.42 million that Zack Greinke now has in his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". For the moment, it seems he and Boras will explore options elsewhere. The 26-year-old superstar can field offers from other teams before deciding where he wants to play next season.
It's not a surprise that the Nationals would try to make sure Harper didn't hit free agency, but this is still pretty interesting.
Boras did not counter, but word is the Nationals would go higher for a reasonable offer - though how much higher remains to be seen. Zack Greinke ($34 million), David Price ($31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) all got more.
The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.