Bryce Harper opens up on offer from Nationals: ‘What does that do for me?‘

By – The Washington Times – Monday, March 11, 2019

In his first one-on-one interview since signing a record contract with the , said he didn’t know whether he “fit” into the Washington Nationals’ plans and criticized the $300 million contract they offered him due to its amount of deferred money.

to ESPN The Magazine’s Tim Keown that “about $100 million” of the offer the Nationals made him in September was deferred until he was a senior citizen. 

“I grew up in front of those fans and that city, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” says. “But I didn’t know if I fit into their plans. About $100 million of that contract was deferred ‘til I was 65 years old.” He stops and turns his palms to the sky in disbelief. Few people can turn down a $100 million retirement fund; is one. “It’s like, ‘What does that do for me? What does that do for my family?’”

That $100 million number  reports from MLB and the Washington Post that surfaced soon after agreed to terms with Philadelphia.

But there is disagreement over whether that number is accurate, or merely a strategic exaggeration by ’s camp, specifically by agent Scott Boras. USA Today in January, and sources to The Washington Times’ Thom Loverro, that the contract was only “slightly deferred” and had a real dollar figure between $250 and $284 million.

’s ESPN interview does not touch on Washington much more, but he also echoed a talking point from his introductory press conference:

“During the seven years I spent in DC, all everybody talked about was me going somewhere else,” told The Magazine in his first extensive interview since signing with the . “From the day I signed, it was: ‘He’s going to the Yankees’; ‘He’s going to the Dodgers’; ‘He’s going to the Cubs.’ I didn’t want to hear that. I was in that city, and I wanted to be in that city. So now I’m just so happy that I’m able to sit here right now and say I can play until I’m 39 years old and I don’t have someone sitting around the corner saying, ‘He’s going to go here next.’”

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