Enticing Bryce: Harper gets bonuses with his $330 million

March 01, 2019 - 1:48 pm
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By Ronald Blum, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out $330 million may not be all the Philadelphia Phillies pay Bryce Harper. To entice him, the team agreed to bonus provisions in the 13-year contract.

According to contract details obtained by The Associated Press, Harper would earn an extra $50,000 each time he is an All-Star, wins a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger or is selected League Championship Series MVP. A World Series MVP trophy would be worth an additional $100,000.

He would get $500,000 if he is league MVP, $50,000 for finishing second in the voting and $25,000 for third.

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Harper has been an All-Star in six of seven big league seasons and was a unanimous pick for the NL MVP award in 2015, the same year he earned his only Silver Slugger.

In addition, he gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to purchase a suite for games at Citizens Bank Park.

Harper and the Phillies agreed to the contract Thursday, pending a successful physical. The deal is the highest in baseball history, topping the $325 million, 13-year contract agreed by outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins before the 2015 season. Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees before the 2018 season.

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Harper's bonus structure is similar to the provisions in the contract of Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta, who agreed to a $75 million, three-year deal last March. Harper and Arrieta and Harper use the same agent, Scott Boras.

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.

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