It looks like the home runs will continue to fly out of Nationals Park – just at a higher cost.
Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have settled outside of a grievance hearing, agreeing to a two-year, $7.5 million contract for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, according to the Washington Post.
Harper had originally asked for a grievance hearing in front of a panel to decide his 2015 salary after confusion with his initial contract.
However, after Harper caused an outburst of negative publicity by not attending NatsFest, the Nationals’ fan-festival (something that sounds like a middle-school fight), the Nationals and Harper found a solution outside of what would be a publicity nightmare for both sides, buying out his first year of arbitration.
Harper is still under contract until 2018, but his salary has been raised, putting him in a favourable position for his arbitration hearings in the future.
Scott Boras, Harper’s agent, believed that the original contract should have included an opt-out clause had Harper logged enough time in the majors to be eligible for arbitration.
Harper will make $2.5 million in 2015, and $5 million in 2016.