Cardinals reportedly not all that interested in Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals

Harper, 26, reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from Nationals in late September.

The minute the Boston Red Sox closed out the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series, the eyes of the baseball world turned to a free agent class that features two of the biggest names in the sport: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

Boras tabbed Harper as a "generational" and "iconic" player - citing the Nationals' stark increase in attendance, television ratings and overall franchise value since Harper joined the team.

However, his quick rejection of the deal doesn't exactly inspire hope he'll be returning to Washington.

The Nationals wanted to lock up their star, but Harper felt $30 million per year for the next decade wasn't enough money. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Washington's general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that his team can not afford to wait around for the right-fielder to make his decision.

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However, it is becoming more and more clear that the Yankees intend to pass on Harper.

If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals' outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field, with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a back-up in centre.

It would take a hefty contract to sign Harper, though, and it remains to be seen if the Dodgers are willing to dish that out.

The general consensus at the GM meetings had the Phillies as favorites to land Bryce Harper.

The total worth of Harper's next contract will largely be determined by its length, but the six-time All-Star is expected to ink a deal worth at least $31 million per year, according to Spotrac. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients. But no position player has ever earned an average annual value of more than $US27.5 million (Alex Rodriguez and Yoenis Cespedes).

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