The Washington Nationals will make Bryce Harper the official MLB qualifying offer before Friday at 5:00 pm. eastern deadline, according to a person who is familiar with the situation.
Harper now has 10 days to accept or decline this offer. The decision will not take nearly as long. Harper will most likely reject this offer, which is made for less than 2018, not to mention the long-term offer he had occasionally suggested this year.
This offer, which is based on a subset of the league's top player salaries and is intended to protect teams from the elimination of elite agents, is set by the league as a $ 17.9 million one-year deal. It "qualifies" a team to receive compensation compensation for Top Free agents by showing an interest of at least $ 17.9 million in retaining this player, and formally ensures that a former team withdraws from one Receive consideration. In the case of relatives, as they exceeded the threshold of competitive net tax in 2018, they will receive a fourth choice – a choice between the '100s.
The fact that the Nationals made him this offer means only one thing for Harper's future with the team – that the sides did not agree on exclusive bargaining rights, which is not surprising. Harper's representative, Scott Boras, has worked with his large freelance agents in the past to test the free agent market. The relatives are not necessarily out of the race. Making a qualifying offer to Harper only means that General Manager Mike Rizzo and his associates recognize the possibility that Harper could go elsewhere and protect themselves accordingly.
No one else in the relatives list is a candidate for a qualifying offer, although Daniel Murphy might have been if the relatives had not expelled him in the off-season. Players being dealt in the meantime are not eligible to qualify for offers, so Murphy will not get any and any team can sign it without losing a draft. Since nationals have exceeded the luxury tax ceiling this year, they are subject to the highest draft pick penalty (no first round penalty, but they would cancel a fourth pick pick they received for Harper) if they receive a free one Contract signing agent who has declined the qualifying offer. The full list of free agents receiving these offers is available from 17:00. Deadline passes.