The 21-year-old Harper signed a 5-year deal worth $9.9 million with Washington after being selected first overall in 2010.
A five-tool player and two-time All-Star, Harper batted .274 with 20 homers and 58 RBI over 118 games in 2013.
Unfortunately, Harper violently collided with the outfield wall at Chavez Ravine on May 13 and was subsequently plagued by lingering shoulder and knee ailments.
Hence, it’s virtually impossible to fairly judge or analyze the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year’s sophomore showing.
Prior to the fiasco in Tinseltown, Harper had a legitimate opportunity to overtake flamethrower Vida Blue as the youngest MVP in MLB history.
Blue’s record was largely secured thanks to the indecision and procrastination of general manager Mike Rizzo.
After weeks of consideration, Rizzo finally decided to place Harper on the 15-day disabled list and the “Sin City” native ultimately missed more than a month on the diamond.
Harper, who underwent the knife in October to debride and fix the bursa in his left knee, is expected to fully recover within 4-6 weeks.
Apparently seeking a 12-year contract extension following the conclusion of the 2015 campaign, Harper wisely had the procedure completed before November.
Regardless of any ruling, the Nationals will eventually ink Bryce Harper to a long-term pact and the brilliant youngster should dominate “the District” for more than another decade.by