Reiter: I Don't Know If Harper Made The Right Choice

In signing a 13-year deal with the Phillies, Harper chose long-term security over average annual salary; Ben Reiter questions that decision

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March 01, 2019 - 6:23 am

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At long last, the Bryce Harper free-agency saga is over. Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, but Sports Illustrated senior MLB writer Ben Reiter, among others, doesn’t know if Harper made the right choice.

“A lot of people are saying was this a silly move by the Philadelphia Phillies; my question is was this the right move if you’re Bryce Harper?” Reiter said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Yes, it’s $330 million guaranteed over the next 13 years, but we have Jon Morosi of Fox Sports telling us that he had a four-year, $180 million deal on the table from the Dodgers, turned them down and opted for the long-term security.

On the one hand, that makes sense. On the other hand, not so much.

“I’m wondering if it were me if I would have not taken the Dodgers’ deal,” Reiter said, “that high, high average annual value, and then who knows what he would have done? He would have been a free agent at the age of 30, signed another massive deal, played for a team that maybe it seemed like he would have preferred to play for. Very interesting decision by Bryce Harper to agree to this incredibly long deal and lock himself into Philly for essentially the rest of his career.”

Click below to listen to Reiter’s interview in its entirety.