Live Coverage of Bryce Harper’s Clearwater 2 PM News Conference



CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have announced Bryce Harper’s 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history at $330 million.

A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. ET today at Spectrum Field.

He will wear No. 3 rather than the No. 34 he used with the Washington Nationals, where he spent his previous major league seasons. That number was retired after the late Roy Halladay’s induction in July into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Harper; his wife, Kayla; his parents; his agent Scott Boras and his associates flew in Phillies managing partner John Middleton’s private jet from Las Vegas to Clearwater on Friday. Middleton; his wife, Leigh; club president Andy MacPhail; general manager Matt Klentak and assistant general manager Ned Rice greeted the group at the airport.

Harper has a .279 career average with 184 homers and 521 RBIs, including a .268 average with 14 homers, 32 RBIs in 47 games at Citizens Bank Park.

His agreement tops the $325 million, 13-year agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins, who traded him to the New York Yankees in December 2017.

Harper gets a $20 million signing bonus in equal installments this June 1 and Nov. 1, a $10 million salary this year, $26 million in each of the following nine seasons and $22 million in each of the last three years. None of the money is deferred, and he gets a full no-trade provision.

Philadelphia forfeited its second-highest draft selection, currently No. 55, and $500,000 of its 2019-20 international signing bonus pool allotment. Washington’s compensation pick will be after the fourth round, about 140th.