Harper, Nats avoid ar­bi­tra­tion with $13.6M deal for ‘17

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS -

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

The Na­tion­als also reached oneyear deals with their three other ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers on Fri­day, the day play­ers and teams were to ex­change pro­posed salary fig­ures ahead of hear­ings.

Third base­man An­thony Ren­don will earn $5.8 mil­lion next sea­son, right-han­der Tan­ner Roark gets $4,315,000 and new catcher Derek Norris agreed to $4.2 mil­lion.

Harper was paid $5 mil­lion by the NL East cham­pion Na­tion­als last sea­son, when he strug­gled with in­juries and took a big step back af­ter be­com­ing the youngest unan­i­mous MVP in base­ball his­tory in 2015.

He hit only .243 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs in 2016.

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