What's Harper's Value?

What's Harper's Value?

After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time.

Teams have until 5 p.m. ET to extend their prospective free agents a qualifying offer -- a one-year contract worth $17.9 million (the amount is the mean salary of MLB's 125 highest-paid players).

Players who receive a qualifying offer have 10 days to accept or reject it. That deadline is Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. ET.

The qualifying offer system has been in place since the 2012-13 offseason. In the six previous offseasons with this system in place, there have been 73 qualifying offers issued, and only five (Brett AndersonJeremy HellicksonNeil WalkerColby Rasmus and Matt Wieters) have accepted them.

The rules regarding Draft pick compensation for signing players who rejected QOs changed a bit with the implementation of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement prior to the 2017 season, and the penalties for signing such players are less strict. A complete breakdown of those rules is at the bottom of this story and can also be found here.