MLB Rumors: Dodgers Contract Offer to Bryce Harper Broke Annual Record

Bryce Harper didn't sign with the Giants, but he didn't sign with the Dodgers either.

And, according to a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, it wasn't for a lack of trying.

Harper ended up signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies on Thursday, a deal that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2031 season. That's a far cry longer than the Dodgers' reported offer, which would seem to indicate Harper was more interested in long-term security than a short-term payoff.

In any case, the Giants won't have to face him upwards of 20 times per season for the next decade-plus, and regardless of what you think of the contract he received, there's no denying Harper's immense talent.

The Giants, clearly, weren't denying it either, as they reportedly offered Harper a 12-year, $310 million deal. As USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale points out, San Francisco would have had to offer significantly more than the Phillies in order to exceed what Harper ultimately received from Philadelphia:

Those damn state taxes. Something all Californians can relate to.

[RELATED: Giants players confident despite Harper picking Phillies]

Oh well, at least it's not snowing, like it's supposed to in Philly on Friday.

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