One of the more surprising aspects of Bryce Harper's 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies was the lack of opt-out clauses.
Opt-outs have become commonplace in baseball contracts, with J.D. Martinez and David Price among the more high-profile players to have them baked into their deals.
Harper, speaking as a member of the Phillies for the first time on Saturday, was asked about the lack of such a clause.
"This guy (agent Scott Boras) invented the opt-out," Harper said. "I told him at the beginning of the process I didn't want one wherever I went. I wanted to dig my roots in."
Harper added that he wanted to commit to being part of building and maintaining a winning ball club.
"I don't want to go anywhere else … through the bumps and bruises, the good and the bad, I'm going to be here."
Boras echoed his client's statements, explaining that Harper wants to recruit players to a city and isn't looking to leave town.