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Should Bryce Harper be baseball's first $400 million man?

Is any baseball player worth $400 million? If one was, would it be Bryce Harper?

It's hard to believe that any baseball player would be worth $400 million, but how about a guy who hit .243 with 24 home runs last season?

If that guy's name was Bryce Harper would it change your mind?

That's the decision the Washington Nationals are faced with as they negotiate with Harper about a long-term contract extension. According to USA Today, Harper's demands have the Nationals preparing to be without their All-Star outfielder after 2018.

But not all sides agree that those discussions have even taken place.

"I have had no long-term discussions with the Nationals on Bryce," Harper's agent Scott Boras told USA Today in a text message. "No terms, no offers discussed. Only arbitration-year discussions."

If it happens, Harper's free agency could prove to be an interesting one. He is just 24-years-old right now, meaning he would be just 26 when he becomes a free agent – the same age as Alex Rodriguez when he first became a free agent.

If Harper were to get such a deal, it would be the largest contract in baseball. That currently belongs to Giancarlo Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million extension with Miami in 2014.

His struggles in 2016 were a surprise. They followed a banner year for him in 2015, that saw Harper hit .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs.

So what went wrong last year?

538 Sports believes one of the biggest reasons for Harper's drastic drop-off was a loss of power. The website notes the average exit velocity of the ball leaving his bat was down by almost 2 1/2 percent from 2015.

If Harper wants the Nationals or anyone else to pay him anywhere near those salary demands, his numbers are going to have to look a lot more like they did in 2015 than they did in 2016.

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