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|I think everyone's overreacting to this a bit. The AAV is actually lower than I'd have predicted. Harper's young enough that he'll be 39 when the actual contract ends, hardly a senior citizen. Albert Pujols was 32 years old on opening day of his first season in Anaheim; Harper turned 26 in October -- a huge difference. The Phillies are going to get his prime seasons and beyond. Certainly, a dozen years from now he won't be close to the highest paid player in the game, so it won't seem quite so egregious, and that's assuming he hasn't been dealt or bought out by then. And finally, the Phillies have a ton of money to play with. What good does it do them to sit on it?