The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures was today, and after figures are exchanged deals tend not get done. As such, there are scores of players who have reached deals with their clubs today in order to avoid arbitration. We’re not tracking every single one — that’s rather tedious — but we’re mentioning the notable ones.
Maybe the most notable: Bryce Harper, who avoided arbitration with the Washington Nationals and will now make $13.625 million in 2018.
Harper made $5 million last season, the second one after signing a two-year deal in December of 2014. He’s still under team control through the 2018 season, so he and the Nats will have one more go-around with this next winter. He’ll turn 26 after that season and some suspect the 2015 MVP could command a long term contract of $400 million or more if he hits free agency.
The next two years will say a lot about that of course. His talent and marketability is undeniable. The only issue, really, is his health, which likely sapped his production in 2016. If he rakes this coming season he’ll likely get a record arbitration deal next winter and will set himself up for perhaps the largest contract in baseball history.