Rizzo: Harper, Nationals ‘didn’t discuss anything beyond 2018’

Posted: 15/05/2017 in MLB, Sports
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For the short term, Bryce Harper is staying in D.C.

The long term, however, is anyone’s guess.

After the announcement that the Washington Nationals and Harper agreed to a 2018 deal for a reported (and record-setting) $21.65 million, general manager Mike Rizzo said negotiations were centered solely on next season, saying: “We didn’t discuss anything beyond 2018,” according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports.

Rizzo added that the deal helps ensure Harper’s comfort level moving forward and he was enthusiastic in regards to the former MVP’s relationship with the team.

Harper’s one-year pact follows the trend of Scott Boras clients, as the agent typically encourages his players to sign short-term deals and eventually test free agency.

With Harper signed, it allows the front office to shift their focus to the rest of the season. Other key arbitration-eligible players including Tanner Roark and Anthony Rendon.

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