Friday may have been on Patrick Corbin, the newest National, the latest high-priced horse in a pitching rotation that allowed the franchise to go down last season. But instead, the day has become about Bryce Harper, as they do many days around the citizens.
Principal owner Mark Lerner made his first substantial public comments on the team's offer to his national superstar in an interview at 106.7 The Fan Friday afternoon. And in it, he said the following:
"I do not really expect you to come back to this point, I think they decided to move on."
Lerner explained the premise of his conclusion. The $ 300 million offer from Harper's team at the end of the season was "the best we can do," said Lerner, adding that club officials have said so much to Harper and his agent, Scott. Boras.
"We said," If this interests you, please come back to us and we'll see if we can complete it, "Lerner said. "But we could not afford to put more than that and still be able to put together a team that had the chance to win the NL East or move on."
Many have wondered whether the National agreement with Corbin – six years, $ 140 million – would preclude citizens from continuing to pursue Harper. On Friday, general manager Mike Rizzo said the two numbers "are independent from one another". Lerner, however, reported that the moves the team has already done "could very well" preclude Harper's signature, even if he decides he wants to take their previous offer.
"We'll have to sit down and find out," Lerner told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. "If you come back [to the offer], it is a strong possibility that we will not be able to make it work. But I really do not expect you to come back to this point. I think they decided to move on. There is too much money out there that would leave on the table. This is not Mr. M.O. by Mr. Boras, to leave the money on the table. "
Resolved as it seems at Harper's departure, Lerner spoke a lot about Harper, the first choice in the 2010 draft, a star that emerged before the eyes of the Lerner family.
"It's been a special six years, and it will still be iconic in the city when it comes to playing for another team, we'll do it right and we'll do a real ceremony," said Lerner. "You can not be angry with him, and I do not think he would be angry with us if we could not go any further."
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