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The team confirmed Friday that Harper has signed:Philadelphia Phillies PhilliesWe got him. VdoH54Hg5FESPN'sJeff Passanreported Thursday the two sides were finalizing a record-breaking deal worth $330 million over 13 years with no opt-outs.One source told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthalthere aren't any opt-outs because Harper "didn鈥檛 want one."Per Jared Diamond of theWall Street Journal http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , Harper's deal includes a $20 million signing bonus with no deferred money.Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reported the Nationals' offer would have deferred over $100 million to Harper and paid him until he turned 60.Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he heard the deal got done through fans who were sitting behind the Phillies dugout providing "minute-to-minute" updates, per Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times.All eyes have been on Harper's free agency dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He struggled out of the gate, at least by his lofty standards, with a .214/.365/.468 slash line in the first half.After winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park, Harper was back to his usual self following the All-Star break. The 26-year-old hit.300/.434/.538 in the final 65 games of the year.The Washington Nationals were unable to take advantage of Harper's second-half surge. There was speculation he would be traded prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but general manager Mike Rizzo squashed those rumors.Bryce is not going anywhere," Rizzo told Chelsea Janes ofThe Washington Post."I believe in this team." The Nationals placed Harper on waivers to potentially move him prior to the Aug. 31 deadline, with the Los Angeles Dodgers being awarded the claim on the six-time All-Star. Washington again decided to keep him and ride out the final month.The Nationals tried to keep Harper from even hitting free agency.USA Today'sBob Nightengalereported on Nov. 6 that Harper rejected a "mega" contract offer on the final day of the regular season.Once the World Series ended, the race to sign Harper in free agency began. He was in a unique position to break the bank because of his age and high level of performance throughout his career that will likely continue over the course of a long-term deal. Despite Harper's age and skill set,it took until after spring training began before he found a deal in line with what he was looking for.The only major concern for Harper has been injuries, but even that has been alleviated. He's appeared in at least 147 games three times in the past four seasons.It's rare to find a transcendent talent still in their prime on the open market. Harper has been one of the best players in since his debut in 2012. Heranksfifth in Major League Baseball with184 homers and 30.7 FanGraphs wins above replacement over the past seven seasons.ThePhillieshit a home run by adding Harper to the middle of their lineup for the next13 years. He adds a rare combination of offensive skill and defensive versatility鈥攖he Nationals frequently used him in center field and right field鈥攁nd will completely transform his new team's outlook for 2019 and beyond.This was a crucial offseason for the Phillies, who are trying to compete with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in the NL East.Phillies owner John Middleton toldUSA Today's Bob Nightengale in November the team was prepared to be a "little bit stupid" with their offseason spending.After the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants tried to get into the Harper sweepstakes late in the process, the Phillies finally got "stupid" to ensure they weren't outbid for the superstar.Philadelphia's offseason started by signing Andrew McCutchen Willie Stargell Jersey , acquiring J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlinsand Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners. They also upgraded their bullpen by signing David Robertson. Those moves on their own would have improved the team's 80-82 record in 2018, but adding Harper to the mix gives the franchise legitimate World Series aspirations. SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski finally made it to spring training with the Orioles after bouncing around the Baltimore organization since 2013.Though it was a brief stint, the 28-year-old outfielder known primarily for his last name departed on a high note.After being invited to the big league camp, Yastrzemski lasted until Sunday before being sent back to the minors. But he was brought back up this week, and made the most of the moment.The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was a late addition to the Orioles’ roster for their game Wednesday against the Rays at Port Charlotte, Florida, and he hit a two-out, ninth-inning home run — his first hit of the spring — off Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek.“That was a beautiful swing right there,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.But Yastrzemski was a long shot at best to make the team and earn his first chance to play in the majors.“He didn’t get the full look we’d like because we have so many outfielders. He played great defense when he went into the game,” Hyde said. “He always took great at-bats, and he gets a pitch to hit off a big league, late-inning guy and hits one over the fence. It’s got to feel good for him.”Especially considering the journey he has been on.Yastrzemski rose quickly in the Orioles’ organization. Three years after he was drafted http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , he was playing for Triple-A Norfolk, but his career stalled there. For the past three seasons, Yastrzemski has split time between Norfolk and Double-A Bowie.Prior to this spring, Yastrzemski was occasionally added to Baltimore’s roster for Grapefruit League games as an extra player, but this year he got the coveted invite and had nine at-bats before being reassigned to minor league camp.Last season, when Baltimore used a franchise-record 56 players in its record-setting 115 loss season, Yastrzemski wasn’t called up. The sting was eased by the invitation to spring training.“It’s kind of like a little piece of a reward,” Yastrzemski said.“Everybody puts in so much hard work and time to be able to be here. To learn from these guys, it’s a great experience.”Yastrzemski is not the only relative of a noted player to play for the Orioles this spring. First basemen Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael Palmeiro and Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken Jr. have made cameo appearances in games over the last several days.Like his famous grandfather, Mike Yastrzemski hits left-handed, but doesn’t have the same power. In six minor league seasons Roberto Clemente Jersey , Yastrzemski has a .260 average, but has never hit more than 15 home runs or had more than 75 RBIs.Still, Yastrzemski keeps plugging away.“It’s all a learning experience,” Yastrzemski said. “Everybody’s got their own path to get where they want to go, whatever path that is for me, I’m fine with it. As long as you see some light at the end of the tunnel and you put everything into it, it’s rewarding in that sense.”NOTES: 1B Chris Davis is out for the third straight day with a strained left hip flexor. . C Austin Wynns is out with a sore left oblique. . LHP Richard Bleier, who had surgery last June, will make his season debut on Saturday.
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