David Schoenfield | ESPN Senior Writer

You think the money teams have spent this offseason has been insane? Well …

Over at NBC Sports, Joe Posnanski speculates that when Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, he’ll be in line for a $500 million contract:

Harper becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, which will be just after he turns 26 years old. That could not be better for him. Most studies show that the 26-27-28 years are the typical peak for players with a slow decline until 31 or 32 when the decline speeds up considerably.

That means the team that signs Harper — assuming he’s healthy and has put up similar years to his 2015 season — can bet heavily on five to seven great years, and perhaps two or three more good ones, if he can More >