Sources: Phillies, Bryce Harper agree to 13-year, $330 million contract

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (WIP Sportsradio) — The Phillies have reportedly signed Bryce Harper, the biggest free agent signing in the history of the franchise, and possibly the biggest Philadelphia sports acquisition in three decades, according to Jon Heyman. 

Breaking: Bryce to the Phillies

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 28, 2019

Huge move for the Phillies. They get their man. Harper is the guy they wanted, the left-handed power hitter they needed. #Harper #Phillies

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 28, 2019

According to ESPN, the Phillies have handed Harper a whopping 13-year, $330 million contract.

The contract includes no opt-outs, meaning the Phillies now have complete control of one of the best young players in baseball for the next 13 years. At just 26 years old, that will be arguably the prime of the career for a player that many feel is on a Hall of Fame track. 

The Phillies — who also signed Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, and acquired Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto — add Harper to a lineup with younger slugger Rhys Hoskins and a clubhouse with ascending ace Aaron Nola.

Thrilled about this news. Like Jim Thome and Cliff Lee, Bryce Harper looked at all the MLB cities and chose the team with the most passionate and devoted fans.Welcome to Philadelphia, Bryce!

— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) February 28, 2019

Harper may not be the best player in MLB, but he is baseball's biggest star. The former 2010 No. 1 overall pick won the National League MVP in 2015, putting together one of the finest seasons in recent memory, as he slashed .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs, 99 RBIs, 124 walks and a 9.3 fWAR. 

Earlier in the off-season, the Phillies seemed more interested in former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop and third baseman Manny Machado. Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million with the San Diego Padres on Feb. 21.

On Tuesday, the Rockies signed Nolan Arenado to an eight-year deal worth $260 million — $32.5 million per season — with a three-year opt-out.