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Nationals agree to terms with Harper for 2018 season

Nationals agree to terms with Harper for 2018 season

Harper and the Washington Nationals reached a $21,625,000 deal for the 2018 season, a contact that gives him an $8 million raise and covers the slugging outfielder through his a year ago before he can become a free agent. That would be the largest salary ever for an arbitration-eligible player. Harper slugged his way to a cumulative 23 fWAR for the Nationals over the last five years, earning four All-Star nominations, a Silver Slugger award, and NL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors to boot.

After a down year in 2016, Harper is slashing.372/.496/.717 with nine doubles, 10 homers, 37 runs and 29 RBI this season. He's only a short while removed from the 2015 season when he crushed an NL-leading 42 home runs with a 1.109 OPS and a 9.9 WAR.

SKorea: Rival N.Korea launches ballistic missile
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that he would be open to visiting the rival North to resolve the ongoing conflicts. It's the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as it pursues a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach the US mainland.

Harper comes from the Las Vegas pipeline where players such as Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo have also come out of. Harper will make $21.625 million next season, as first reported by FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that the deal involves a "shared risk" for both sides, but offers the club cost assurances and provides Harper with the security to remain "comfortable" all year without focusing on a new contract. "He's our own. Drafted, developed, signed, been an MVP for us".


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