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    Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    Even though Harper is signed through 2015, he could be arbitration eligible after 2014

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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    I read about this a bit yesterday. It seems his initial ML contract he signed agreed that if he became arbitration eligible that the Nats and Boras would rework or allow him to go through the arbitration process.

    Sort of looks like Boras has him set up to make the most money possible at any given time, which is what any good agent should do.

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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    Seems a bit similar to Chapman's, allowing the player to capitalize on arbitration should he become a good major leaguer more quickly than anticipated.
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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    The Nats have basically made Boras co-GM over the years and have created a bit of problem for themselves. I think they'll overpay on this to not only keep Harper happy, but in their situation, make Boras happy.
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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    Boras is a good agent. Guaranteeing his rookie clients contracts longer than 3 years, at salaries higher than the league minimum, all-the-while not allowing those contracts to buy out those arbitration years. He protected Harper from giving up all the initial value he was projected to create.

    Harper had a large and long rookie contract, but even if the MLB and MLBPA allow this to go to arbitration, the Nats made out like bandits. Harper accumulated roughly 9 WAR in 2012-2013. Factoring in signing bonus for his first three years, his three years of salary, the Nats paid Harper in the neighborhood of $4.5 mil. According to Fangraphs, he was worth $40 mil.

    My best case projection, neither side caves, but they both save face by agreeing to a contract extension. Harper will be paid the $2.25 mil for his final contract year, and then his extension big payday kicks in in 2016. Nats avoid arbitration, Harper still gets big payday.

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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    Quote Originally Posted by SporkLover View Post
    Factoring in signing bonus for his first three years, his three years of salary, the Nats paid Harper in the neighborhood of $4.5 mil. According to Fangraphs, he was worth $40 mil.
    Harper got a $6M+ signing bonus, so your numbers are off a little bit. Still, drastically underpaid versus his "free agent replacement value".

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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Harper got a $6M+ signing bonus, so your numbers are off a little bit. Still, drastically underpaid versus his "free agent replacement value".
    He got a 6m + signing bonus that is paid out in five equal increments. My numbers account for that. Actual salary for 2011, 2012, 2013 was 500k, 500k, 750k respectively.

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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    I assume things have now changed with the new slotted draft system but allowing negotiations like that to go on past the signing deadline seems like it was a bad idea.

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    Re: Bryce Harper's unusual contract

    Quote Originally Posted by SporkLover View Post
    Boras is a good agent. Guaranteeing his rookie clients contracts longer than 3 years, at salaries higher than the league minimum, all-the-while not allowing those contracts to buy out those arbitration years. He protected Harper from giving up all the initial value he was projected to create.

    Harper had a large and long rookie contract, but even if the MLB and MLBPA allow this to go to arbitration, the Nats made out like bandits. Harper accumulated roughly 9 WAR in 2012-2013. Factoring in signing bonus for his first three years, his three years of salary, the Nats paid Harper in the neighborhood of $4.5 mil. According to Fangraphs, he was worth $40 mil.

    My best case projection, neither side caves, but they both save face by agreeing to a contract extension. Harper will be paid the $2.25 mil for his final contract year, and then his extension big payday kicks in in 2016. Nats avoid arbitration, Harper still gets big payday.
    What do you project his contract extension with them looks like (years/dollars)?
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