Nats’ owner says Harper is as good as gone

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As with most things in­volv­ing the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ off­sea­son, a day that was sup­posed to be all about in­tro­duc­ing Pa­trick Corbin mor­phed into a day about Bryce Harper.

Wash­ing­ton of­fi­cially an­nounced its six-year con­tract with Corbin, a heav­ily back-loaded deal worth $140 mil­lion, and the Al­lS­tar lefty starter donned a No. 46 Na­tion­als jersey as ro­ta­tion mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Stras­burg looked on from the front row Fri­day. After the news con­fer­ence, gen­eral man­ager Mike Rizzo was asked a key ques­tion:

How might the big bucks he used to out­bid the New York Yan­kees and Philadel­phia Phillies for Corbin af­fect the pur­suit of Wash­ing­ton’s own ma­jor free agent, Harper?

“I think they’re in­de­pen­dent of each other. I re­ally do. We’ve gone about this busi­ness of cre­at­ing a ros­ter for 2019, and at the end of the day, we’ll fig­ure out whether that in­cludes ‘Harp’ or not,” Rizzo said. “We thought it was good busi­ness — we had to fix the things we needed to fix. ‘Harp’ is a big part of our fam­ily, and we’d love to have him back.”

But in a ra­dio in­ter­view Fri­day, Na­tion­als owner Mark Lerner painted a dif­fer­ent pic­ture about where things stand with the right fielder, who turned down a late­sea­son of­fer from Wash­ing­ton.

“I re­ally don’t ex­pect him to come back at this point,” Lerner said. “I think they’ve de­cided to move on. There’s just too much Vil­lanova, FS1

1:30 p.m.: Louisville at In­di­ana, Fox money out there that he’d be leav­ing on the ta­ble.”

Lerner also de­scribed the team’s ear­lier of­fer to the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP, re­port­edly for $300 mil­lion over 10 years, as “the best we can do.”

As for Corbin, he gets a $2.5 mil­lion sign­ing bonus payable next Oct. 31 and salaries of $12.5 mil­lion next sea­son, $19 mil­lion in 2020, $24 mil­lion in 2021, $23 mil­lion in 2022, $24 mil­lion in 2023 and $35 mil­lion in 2024 — when he turns 35. The fi­nal year’s salary in­cludes $10 mil­lion that will be de­ferred with­out in­ter­est and payable on Jan. 15, 2026.

He would earn $500,000 for win­ning a Cy Young Award, $250,000 for fin­ish­ing sec­ond in at Kansas, ESPN

9:30 p.m.: Notre Dame at UCLA, ESPN2 the vot­ing, $150,000 for third, $100,000 for fourth and $75,000 for fifth, and the same awards for MVP bal­lot­ing. He would earn $100,000 for each All-Star ap­pear­ance, $100,000 apiece for any Gold Glove or Sil­ver Slug­ger, $250,000 for World Series MVP and $150,000 for League Cham­pi­onship Series MVP. Gold­schmidt fo­cused on Cards: Now that he’s with the St. Louis Car­di­nals, Paul Gold­schmidt said he’s not think­ing be­yond the 2019 sea­son.

The six-time All-Star was ac­quired from Ari­zona this week and will earn $14.5 mil­lion in the fi­nal sea­son of a seven-year deal that will pay $46 mil­lion, in­clud­ing a $1 mil­lion as­sign­ment bonus for the trade. If he doesn’t sign a new con­tract, ESPNU

7 p.m.: Oral Roberts at Mis­souri, SEC Net­work he would be among the top free agents next off­sea­son.

“Try not to have any dis­trac­tions, so any­thing like that won’t be on my mind,” Gold­schmidt said at his in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence. “I think the big­gest thing is I’m ex­cited to be here, ex­cited to be part of this team and or­ga­ni­za­tion and just fo­cused on get­ting ready for spring train­ing and open­ing day and the sea­son and try­ing to help us win.”

Al­varez to Phillies: Philadel­phia has ac­quired left­hander Jose Al­varez from the Los An­ge­les An­gels for righthander Luis Gar­cia in a deal an­nounced late Thurs­day.

Al­varez was 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA and one save in 76 ap­pear­ances in 2018, strik­ing out 59 in 63 in­nings. He al­lowed only three home runs to the 261 bat­ters he faced while holding left­handed hit­ters to a .206 bat­ting av­er­age and right­ies to a .232 mark.

The 29-year-old Al­varez is 12-18 with a 3.69 ERA over six sea­sons with the Tigers and An­gels.

Gar­cia went 3-1 with a 6.07 ERA in 59 games last sea­son after post­ing a ca­reer-best 2.65 ERA in 711⁄3 in­nings in 2017. He is 12-14 with a 4.12 ERA in 251 ca­reer ap­pear­ances, all in re­lief.

Richards agrees with Padres: For­mer An­gels pitcher Gar­rett Richards and the San Diego Padres fi­nal­ized a two-year, $15.5 mil­lion con­tract.

The righthander will earn $7 mil­lion next year and $8.5 mil­lion in 2020. He can earn $2.5 mil­lion more an­nu­ally in per­for­mance bonuses: $250,000 for each start from 21 through 30.

Pablo Martinez Mon­si­vais / Associated Press

Pa­trick Corbin’s in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence Fri­day with Na­tion­als GM Mike Rizzo was over­shad­owed by Wash­ing­ton owner Mark Lerner’s com­ments about free agent Bryce Harper.

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