Found August 28, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Bryce Harper's agent, Scott Boras, was in attendance at the Washington Nationals game last night.  He answered questions from the media ranging from Danny Espinosa to Harper's contract.  Of course, with Boras anything said as a joke must be taken as a possible truth.  So when he discussed an extension for Harper, people listened. Dan Kolko of MASN says that Boras "half-jokingly" said he was interested in a 12-year deal for his young client.  Boras, who as been known to keep his players away from early extensions to help drive up market value, will on occasion work out an early deal if the price is right.  For Harper, could that actually mean 12 years? "I'm more into 12-year deals for young players," Boras said with a smile. "The M.O. is that you want to keep within the franchise, you want him there for a long time and you want to be there for the fans and be a marquee for them. So why not? You go back and look for star players, what they usually do over those types of years, you have to say that's a pretty good bet. But when you're getting into years that are short-term for young players, I don't know what the value of that is for a young player, when you're talking about giving away free agent years." Harper could be the type of franchise player that would warrant a 12-year deal, but that type of unprecedented contract may be hard to pull off.  Harper's age is a benefit, but the history of long-term contracts will likely make the Nationals gun-shy.  Contracts like Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and others will eventually set the tone for a possible slew of shorter extensions.  Then again, when competition spikes, teams will go to great lengths to get the player they want. Harper has had a bit of a rough season after starting so hot.  He hit the wall in Los Angeles early in the season, and he has struggled to get back to where he was before that.  Harper is still having a solid season, but he looked like he was going to have a monster season when the year began. Harper is hitting .274/.376/.512 with 18 home runs.  He has improved in most areas over his rookie season, but anyone who watches him knows this is just the tip of the iceberg.  He has so much more potential ready to burst out. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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