Harper prioritized setting roots, building a winner over opt-outs

The Score

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.

#baseball, #professional

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