At 23 years old, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is becoming the face of Major League Baseball. He's a three-time All-Star in just four seasons in the majors and is the reigning National League MVP after a campaign in which he hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI.
Although he won't be a free agent until the 2018 season concludes, there is talk that he could become the game's first $400 million player—which would easily surpass Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million, 13-year contract. On Thursday, Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., asked him about the possibility of receiving a record-breaking contract in an interview that will air Friday(h/t Chris Lingebach of CBS DC). Harper replied:
Yeah, I mean I don’t really think about that stuff. I just try to play the years out and do everything I can to help my team win. But don’t sell me short. That’s what you’re doing right now to me, so don’t do that.
I’m looking forward to just playing this year, just looking forward to playing the next couple years. And I think all that stuff will play out.