Harper, Nationals reach $21.6 million deal for 2018 season

The Nationals signed star outfielder Bryce Harper to a one-year contract extension through 2018, the team announced on Saturday.

David Ortiz continues to troll everyone about a comeback. right? That number marks the largest single-year, arbitration-year deal in Major League Baseball history, and Harper can pile on another $1 million to that purse should he be awarded NL MVP. Harper slugged his way to a cumulative 23 fWAR for the Nationals over the last five years, earning four All-Star nominations, a Silver Slugger award, and NL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors to boot.

In addition to his base salary, Harper can make $1 million for winning the 2018 NL MVP, $500,000 for finishing second in the voting, $250,000 for third, $150,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. The 24-year-old Harper, who is making $13.625 million this season, is batting.372 with a 1.213 OPS, 10 home runs and 28 walks in 31 games this season.

Harper will get $21.65 million for 2018, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.

"I think most important, there's a comfort level, a comfortable player that doesn't have to worry about discussing a contract next year", he said.

The 24-year-old Harper is on the fast track to yet another superb offensive season as he (though it'd be hard to not mention Ryan Zimmerman) has helped the Nationals to the No. 1 offense in the league at 6.15 runs per game.

We can only imagine how big Harper's next contract will be.

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