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MLB Insider Reveals What's Holding Up Bryce Harper, Phillies Contract

bryce harper walks onto the field before a game

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals takes the field before the start of the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have seemingly been negotiating a contract for months. We now know what might be holding up the potential deal.

A Phillies insider is reporting that Harper, who is reportedly seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million, wants an opt-out clause very early in his contract.

SportsRadioWIP is reporting that Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, are seeking an opt-out clause after the third year of the contract.

"The opt out clause is what's holding up an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies and I can tell you, Scott Boras insists that it be three years," they report.

Harper and Boras appeared to get some good news on that front today.

The Colorado Rockies and All-Star third baseman have reportedly agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth $260 million. The deal reportedly includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after three years.

"BREAKING: Third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year, contract extension worth more than $255M, league sources tell ESPN. Deal includes an opt-out after three years, would give Arenado the largest per-year salary of any position player," ESPN's Jeff Passan reports.

If Arenado is getting an opt-out clause after the third year of his contract, you can bank on Harper demanding the same.

Stay tuned.