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The Bryce Harper saga has ended. While Harper's free agency dragged on longer than many expected, his waiting game paid off. Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is the biggest contract ever given out to an MLB free agent -- or any player in any sport.
This move has huge fantasy implications as well, as Harper has dominated in Citizens Bank Park over the course of his career.
Bryce Harper’s career stats at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) February 28, 2019
48 hits, 14 HR, 32 RBI and a .930 OPS in 47 games started. pic.twitter.com/2PYoLZC7h6
In his 47 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, Harper's batted .268 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI. Harper's 14 home runs at Citizens Bank Park are the most he's hit at any stadium outside of Nationals Park. If we project Harper's numbers out over the course of a full-season with half his home games at CBP, he'd hit around 26 home runs at home with half his games still to play.
Perhaps even more impressive is looking at his spray chart at Nationals Park overlaid at Citizens Bank.
Bryce Harper career @ Citizens Bank Park (50 games, 208 PA):— the Fantasy Gospel™ (@fantasy_gospel) February 18, 2019
-.268/.365/.564 | .306 BABIP
-40% Pull + 21% Oppo rates
⬇️ Harper's home spray chart (Nationals Park) from 2017-2018 overlaid on #Phillies Citizens Bank Park - 29 HR#FantasyBaseball #MLB pic.twitter.com/2BYNjM5tdu
Yeah, that's a lot more production.
Phillies' fans must be excited about the new acquisition and MLB fans are probably just as happy that Harper's free agency is finally over. As for fantasy fans, if Harper continues to produce this well at Citizens Bank Park, he's going to be a major asset for his owners.
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