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By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Philadelphia Phillies and outfielder Bryce Harper have agreed to the largest contract in the history of American sports.

According to multiple reports, the is deal for 13-years and $330 million, surpassing the $325 million contract Giancarlo Stanton originally signed with the Miami Marlins.

The signing was first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Harper did not receive any opt-out clauses in the contract and none of the money is deferred.

Harper’s total guaranteed money is the largest in baseball history, but it does not come close to the highest average annual value in the game, which was set by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado earlier this week at just over $33 million per season.

The contract does include a no-trade clause, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The 26-year-old Harper won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2015. He hit 34 home runs in 2018, but saw his average dip to .249. He did, however, put up the third-highest OPS of his career at .889.

Harper is now committed to the Phillies until he is 38 years old. That move that was deliberate, according to his agent, Scott Boras.

Harper’s contract lasting for 13 years helps the Phillies when it comes to luxury tax purposes. According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Phillies are about $50 million below the tax threshold, giving them flexibility to add in the coming years.

Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, a Philadelphia-area native, is a free agent following the 2020 season.

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