Harper, Na­tion­als agree to $13.6 mil­lion con­tract

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Bryce Harper and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als agreed to a $13,625,000con­tract for 2017, avoid­ing ar­bi­tra­tion and more than dou­bling the out­fielder’s salary two years be­fore he can be­come a free agent.

Bryce Harper and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als agreed to a $13,625,000 con­tract for 2017, avoid­ing ar­bi­tra­tion.

The sides reached a deal Fri­day, the day play­ers and teams were to ex­change ar­bi­tra­tion fig­ures ahead of hear­ings.

Harper made $5 mil­lion last sea­son, when he strug­gled with in­juries and took a big step back after be­com­ing the youngest unan­i­mous MVP in base­ball his­tory in 2015.

The slug­ging out­fielder hit only .243 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs in 2016, sig­nif­i­cant drop-offs from the .330, 42 and 99 of a year ear­lier.

Still only 24, Harper is al­ready a four-time All-Star and he was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012.

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