Bryce Harper has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Harper’s deal is worth a reported $330 million over 13 years.
“According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Harper’s deal with the Phillies will be for 13 years and will not include any opt-outs. The contract’s $330 million salary is a new record for overall dollars, topping the $325 million of Giancarlo Stanton,” Sports Illustrated reports.
It didn’t take long for memes and jokes to surface, following news of one of the biggest deals in baseball history. You can see some of the best ones below.
One of the first memes posted following the news was by Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard. It shows Harper’s head — complete with a Phillies ballcap — superimposed on the character Michael Scott, portrayed by actor Steve Carrell, from The Office. In the extant meme, Scott is walking around frantically with the other chaacters, no doubt a nod to the media frenzy that is sure to follow now that Harper has officially signed with Philadelphia.
The above meme is pretty self-explanatory, given the fact that this deal makes Harper the highest paid player in all of baseball. Who needs snow angels when you can make angels out of stacks of cash? And the money memes didn’t stop there.
Today is a good day to be Bryce Harper. Much like it’s always a good day to be Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, whose own wealth has been incorporated into myriad storylines over the years.
Several people on Twitter are playing a game of “how old will you be when Harper reaches the end of his contract?” The 26-year-old outfielder will be 39 when his contract expires. That’s the same age Albert Pujols is currently. Pujols, whose current contract is a 10-year deal for $240 million, according to Spotrac, will be 41 when his contract expires in 2021.
At age 26, Harper hasn’t even been out of high school 13 years, which spawned the above photo. His current age is only twice the length of his contract, which means he’s currently 2-contracts-old and will be 3-contracts-old when his Phillies contract ends, if that makes sense.
With rumors circulating that Harper was going to sign with the Dodgers or the Cubs, many were fairly surprised to hear that he agreed to go to Philly. More shocking, of course, was the amount and term of the blockbuster deal he just signed.
Many fans are already looking forward to the 2019 season. And now, in the wake of Harper’s deal, it’s going to be very interesting for teams such as the Atlanta Braves, who play in the same division — the NL East — as Harper’s new team, the Philadelphia Phillies. As you can tell, Braves fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the prospect.