Jon Heyman on Bryce Harper's massive contract with Phillies

Bryce Harper on the Phillies That fight with Jonathan Papelbon and other things to know

According to Heyman, neither Harper nor Machado wanted to sign their contract first, believing, perhaps, that they could receive a bigger payday by signing after the other. Harper has reportedly signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Giants CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi reportedly met with Harper Tuesday and had discussions about a 10-year contract.

That undoubtedly played a part in Harper ultimately choosing to sign with the Phillies despite reports in recent days of a late push from the Giants and Dodgers in particular.

Harper's 14 career home runs in Philadelphia are the most at any road ballpark in his career.

Harper gets a $20 million signing bonus in equal installments this June 1 and November 1, a $10 million salary this year, $26 million in each of the following nine seasons and $22 million in each of the last three years. With the length of this contract and the possibility of the designated hitter coming to the National League in future seasons, he'd have a good landing spot if defense becomes a challenge.

Following a slow offseason of negotiations that sparked outrage from the players' association, three players in a 10-day span agreed to deals guaranteeing a total of $890 million.

But no, free agency is not as healthy as these facts suggest.

The Nationals, with whom Harper spent his first seven years, will get a 2019 supplemental first-round pick as a result of losing Harper.

In 2015, Harper had his best season, batting.330 with a.460 on-base percentage, 42 home runs, 99 RBIs, 118 runs, 124 walks and an OPS of 1.109 as he was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. With Harper, they weren't involved at all even though he's a 26-year-old superstar with lefty power and patience, two traits that define the Yankees historically. They also gave ace Aaron Nola a $45 million, four-year deal.

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