Bryce Harper agrees to record-breaking deal for 2018 with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a 2018 contract with right fielder Bryce Harper, and it is a record for a single-year arbitration deal.

Harper, 25, was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and the unanimous 2015 NL MVP, and his pending free agency following the 2018 season already has created speculation about a bidding war – and a potential $400 million mega-contract.

The deal announced Saturday covers only the final season that Harper is under the Nationals’ control, but it does provide a glimpse into the multiyear contract he could ultimately land – in Washington or elsewhere. Harper is making $13.625 million this season.

After a down year in 2016, Harper is slashing .372/.496/.717 with nine doubles, 10 homers, 37 runs and 29 RBI this season.