It appears Bryce Harper’s major payday finally arrived Thursday, as the outfielder landed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports.
Such a contract, when signed, would be the largest guaranteed deal in North American professional sports.
Harper, 26, is a six-time All-Star who was also pursued to the end by the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2015 National League MVP with the Washington Nationals, Harper has hit 184 home runs with 521 RBIs over 927 games, with a .279 career batting average.
Harper reportedly rejected a $300 million offer to stay in Washington and instead entered a turbulent free-agent market. While his deal did not come until teams already had started to play spring training games, Harper still landed the major contract he was seeking. The Harper deal came more than a week after Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres.
—The Houston Astros will finally have their starting infield intact again, with All-Star power, when second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman return to the starting lineup Saturday.
Both Astros regulars will take their defensive positions for the first time in an exhibition game against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Bregman will make his Grapefruit League debut after he had minor surgery on his right elbow on Jan. 11. Altuve, who had surgery to repair a broken right kneecap at the end of last season, has gone 0-for-5 as a designated hitter in two spring games, striking out three times against the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
—The wife of Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin died while the family was on a trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., the team announced.
Blanca Jarrin, 85, died of a heart attack on Thursday morning, according to the Dodgers.
Jarrin has been the Dodgers’ Spanish-language play-by-play announcer since 1959, forming a tight bond with another longtime Dodgers broadcaster in Vin Scully, who retired following the 2016 season. Jarrin was the 1998 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, putting him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
—Field Level Media