Slugger Bryce Harper recently agreed to a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. That pact set a new record for total contract value in MLB, and it certainly raises the expectations for the Phillies in 2019 and beyond.

MLB slugger Bryce Harper recently agreed to a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, setting a new record for total contract value.

This move certainly raises the expectations for the Phillies who finished third in the NL East last season.

Saturday the franhcise held an introductory press-conference at their Spring Training facility in Florida, where an elated Harper told reporters that he couldn’t wait to “bring a title back to D.C.”

The 26-year-old outfielder has been a Phillie for a matter of days/hours after being a member of the Washington Nationals since they drafted him almost nine years ago, Six years with the Nationals can be hard to get over. Harper was a six-time All-Star, an NL MVP and an NL Rookie of the Year during his time in Washington. But Philadelphia gave him the richest contract in the history of North American professional sports on Thursday, and there’s no question that the team will be looking for Harper to deliver.

Let’s hope reality sets in before the start of the season.