You can only imagine what the next contract for the Nationals star is going to look like after this one-year extension. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals made sure they wouldn’t be in for an expensive arbitration hearing with star outfielder Bryce Harper next winter.

The team announced on Saturday that it has come to terms with Harper on a one-year contract extension that will pay him $21.7 million. That figure represents the largest salary for a player that would have been arbitration eligible.

More than anything, this gives both the Nationals and Harper more time to come to terms on a long-term deal. A contract north of $300 million had been bandied about in the past.

Harper, the former NL MVP, is hitting an absurd .372 with 10 homers, 29 RBI and a .496 on-base percentage thus far this season. He is surely earning that nice little raise.

 

 

 

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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1947 NL ROY, 1949 NL MVP
Jackie Robinson
1949 NL ROY, 1956 NL MVP
Don Newcombe
1951 NL ROY, 1954 and 1965 NL MVP
Willie Mays
1956 AL ROY, 1961 NL and 1966 AL MVP
Frank Robinson
1958 NL ROY, 1967 NL MVP
Orlando Cepeda
1959 NL ROY, 1969 NL MVP
Willie McCovey
1963 NL ROY, 1973 NL MVP
Pete Rose
1964 NL ROY, 1972 AL MVP
Richie Allen
1967 AL ROY, 1977 AL MVP
Rod Carew
1968 NL ROY, 1970 and 1972 NL MVP
Johnny Bench
1970 AL ROY, 1976 AL MVP
Thurman Munson
1975 AL ROY, 1975 AL MVP
Fred Lynn
1977 NL ROY, 1987 NL MVP
Andre Dawson
1982 AL ROY, 1983 AL MVP
Cal Ripken, Jr.
1986 AL ROY, 1988 AL MVP
Jose Canseco
1991 NL ROY, 1994 NL MVP
Jeff Bagwell
2001 AL ROY, 2001 AL MVP
Ichiro Suzuki
2001 NL ROY, 2005 and 2008 NL MVP
Albert Pujols
2005 NL ROY, 2006 NL MVP
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2006 AL ROY, 2011 AL MVP
Justin Verlander
2007 AL ROY, 2008 AL MVP
Dustin Pedroia
2007 NL ROY, 2011 NL MVP
Ryan Braun
2010 NL ROY, 2012 NL MVP
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