Bryce Harper signs with record $330 million, 13-year contract with Phillies

Sam Allery, Sports Editor

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Bryce Harper declares that he is happy to be a Phillie and wants to be there for a long time. Harper just signed the largest contract in baseball history with the Phillies. (Via/Phillies Twitter)

Outfielder Bryce Harper signed a 13-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $330  million on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Harper’s signing came a week after spring training had already started for his new team.

The contract is the largest in American sports history, surpassing Manny Machado’s 10-year $300 million from earlier in the month.

While Harper’s contract will certainly bring fans to Citizens Bank to watch the Phils, some have criticized the deal for being too player-friendly.

First, there are no opt-outs in the deal, meaning that if Harper doesn’t play as well as he is being paid, the Phillies can’t simply release him back into free agency.

Second, Harper has a full no-trade clause, so he can veto any time the Phillies want to trade him in the next 13 years. Essentially Harper is going to be in Philadelphia for a long time.

While it may be a risky contract, the Phillies are definitely a step closer to becoming a playoff team. While Harper is certainly the biggest move of the offseason, it is by no means the only one the Phillies made.

The Phils also traded for All-Stars Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto as well as signing free agents Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson.

While they may not be favored for a title yet, the Phillies will definitely be one of the most watched teams this season.