Bryce Harper's potential free agency after next season has been one of baseball's most speculated and anticipated topics for the past few years. It is so rare that someone with the talent level and list of accomplishments such as Harper -- a five-time All-Star, National League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player -- reaches free agency at such a young age, which could make his next contract historic.

Harper has one more season remaining on his contract, but it is far from certain the 2018 season will be a farewell tour for Harper in Washington, even if he does reach free agency.

"I think we have as good a chance to sign him long-term as anybody in baseball," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on MLB Network this week. "He's the type of iconic, historic type of player that would love to be with the same organization throughout his whole career, such as [Derek] Jeter and that group of guys. I think he wants to be here. We want him here. I think there's an opportunity for him to make history here."

In May 2016, the Nats and Stephen Strasburg agreed to a surprising extension, a seven-year contract to retain the right-hander before he entered free agency that offseason. That extension was also seen as unlikely because of Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, who has developed a reputation for taking his clients to free agency. Boras also serves as Harper's agent.