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‘MLB The Show’ cover showcases Bryce Harper in Phillies uniform

Bryce Harper’s free-agency odyssey came to a merciful end Thursday when the superstar slugger signed a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

With that all wrapped up at long last, “MLB The Show,” the video game that will feature Harper on its next cover — announced at the onset of the offseason — celebrated the signing by showcasing him regaled in a Phillies uniform.

On Thursday, the announcement was made that the official box art has now been finalized for “MLB The Show 19.” Included in the tweeted reveal was footage of gameplay featuring Harper rocking Phillies gear.

“MLB The Show” has been taking advantage of Harper’s cover -athlete status by chronicling his free-agency saga over the past couple of months. Included in the social media dispatches were 30 full-season simulations with Harper playing for each MLB team.

The above video profiles how the simulations went for each NL East team. When with the Phillies, Harper snagged an MVP award and led the team to an NLDS appearance.

Odds are the Phillies, Harper and the team’s fans would not mind things playing out in such a manner, at least for this season. That said, in signing Harper, the Phillies obviously have their sights set on bigger and better things in the years to come, like a World Series title, if not more.