BOSTON (CBS) — At long last, the Offseason Of Bryce is over. Bryce Harper has made his choice.
That choice is to join the Philadelphia Phillies, as first reported Thursday by Jon Heyman.
And, it comes as no surprise, Harper is getting paid.
That announcement ends a months-long journey of free agency for Harper, the 26-year-old who along with Manny Machado was the biggest name on the market this winter. Despite that status, it took Harper quite a long time to make up his mind, with the Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, and Cubs all rumored to have at least tested the Harper waters.
Throughout it all, Philadelphia’s offer remained on the table, and it appears as though Harper has finally decided to take it.
In his seven-year career, Harper has hit .279 with a .900 OPS, 184 home runs and 521 RBIs in 927 games played. He earned National League MVP honors in 2015, and he is a six-time All-Star.
Last year, Harper batted just .249 but led the league in walks (130) and maintained an .889 OPS (10th-best in the NL) while belting 34 home runs and driving in 100 runs.