WASHINGTON -- Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, a baseball source told MLB.com on Monday. The Nationals have not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
The deal resolves what had been a challenging situation for the club and player. Harper's agent, Scott Boras, believed Harper should have been arbitration-eligible this winter, while the Nats contended that Harper should not be eligible until after the 2015 season. The new pact increases Harper's salary over the $1.5 million he was set to earn via his previous contract, but avoids the parties going through the arbitration process for at least two more years.