After what seemed like forever, Bryce Harper has finally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. This historic deal makes them a strong contender for the National League East. Bryce Harper moves from Washington to Philadelphia, bringing with him his powerful swing. Multiple reports have said that the deal is worth $330 million for 13 years. He had previously wanted the biggest contract.

Several league insiders now view the Phillies as the favorite for the NL East. Washington, Miami, and the New York Mets don't look to be able to be considered a threat. However, without the Harper signing, the Phillies would be struggling to keep the Atlanta Braves away from claiming the crown.

Bryce Harper joins a star-studded outfield

Harper joins an already strong team that includes superstars such as Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins. While Atlanta still remains a strong contender, they can't completely depend on Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, and Julio Teheran.

Teams in the NL East have made some strong moves during this offseason. The Mets reeled in Robinson Cano. Miami is predicted to finish at the bottom of the league. While Washington has a deep pitching rotation, not having Bryce Harper will definitely be a blow to the team and limit their scoring production.

Harper struggled last season and ended up with only a .249 batting average and only 30 home runs.

Analysts believe that Harper will have a rebound season with the Phillies. I think that this contract will keep Harper in Philly for the remainder of his career. While he's still in his early years as a player, he is definitely becoming a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame and has a strong chance of hitting 500 home runs.

Harper still seeking a World Series title

Harper is joining Philadelphia as a former Rookie of the Year and MVP winner and as a dominating player in the league. However, there's one award that he's still yet to achieve and that is a World Series title. The Phillies are definitely a team that can bring him a title. Washington has had several good teams, but not as good as the current lineup in Philadelphia.

The city of Brotherly Love is hungry for another sports championship after the Eagles won the Super Bowl nearly a year ago. Now, the Phillies are putting the pieces together so they can bring home a World Series championship. Fans and players like Harper will have to see how the season pans out.

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