One rival GM pegged Bryce Harper’s value on a long-term deal at “closer to $500 million than $400 million,” a seemingly stark admission for a management person, even if it isn’t a Nationals person.

That executive, claiming Harper is “twice the player that Giancarlo Stanton is,” suggested $400 million is the absolute baseline for a Harper deal. That would be a record, as Stanton is the current record holder at $325 million.

The Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies have been seen as favorites to sign Harper as a free agent, but the Nats shouldn’t be counted out:

Heyman | Rival GM predicts Bryce Harper’s free agent value