Cubswin11 wrote:Seems like a pretty weak extension attempt. Under $400 mil and no opt outs.
Was it a weak extension attempt? Maybe, but I'd argue that it was a shrewd move by Rizzo and Co. There was no way Bryce was resigning days before FA. The move effectively helps Boras out by setting the market a bit, by allowing Boras to argue for a higher AAV without people questioning whether or not that was doable (the jump from 30-35 isn't that big, at those numbers). It sets the years barrier. I mean, Boras called the move an olive branch. The lack of opt outs looks glaring, but almost everyone assumes opt outs would be there, and there's no need to give it all away for an initial offer.
My hunch is this will come down to what people suspected for several months - Phillies making a big offer, and Harper and Boras going to the Nationals to see if there's a way that they'll match it.