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Bryce Harper, Nats Avoid Arbitration

Star outfielder getting PAID in 2018

Bryce Harper is a man on a mission in 2017 and has returned to star form. He and the Washington Nationals have also agreed on a deal for 2018, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal broke the deal down on his Twitter account.

Not only is Harper getting paid premium money, he also is getting added salary by way of incentives.

The Nationals outfielder struggled in 2016, but this season has been good to both himself and Washington. To date, Harper has a slash line of .372/.496/.717 to go with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in. But the outfielder has only scored five runs in the month of May, following an MLB-record 32 in April.

Bryce Harper 2017 hitting statistics
Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2017 24 WSN 31 141 113 37 42 9 0 10 29 0 2 28 26 .372 .496 .717 1.213
6 Yr 6 Yr 6 Yr 688 2911 2449 449 693 131 17 131 363 58 28 415 592 .283 .387 .511 .898
162 162 162 162 685 577 106 163 31 4 31 85 14 7 98 139 .283 .387 .511 .898
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2017.

Arbitration hearings can be a big burden on an MLB team, but the Nationals paid Harper instead. And the star player is sure to make more than enough money post-2018 via a new contract.

Whether or not Bryce Harper stays in Washington is an unknown at this time, but he seems happy enough in red and white.

Watch: Bryce Harper’s walk-off HR vs Philadelphia

(Courtesy of MLB)

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