The Giants Are Planning On Making An Offer To Bryce Harper
Superstar free agent Bryce Harper is on the verge of becoming the highest paid man in baseball, but where he is going to land is the million dollar question. He's got the Phillies showing interest, along with the Dodgers, White Sox and Yankees, plus now the Giants have a special trick up their sleeve to try and steal away the young slugger.
Report: Giants prefer short-term deal for Harper Feb. 10: The Giants have emerged as a serious contender for Bryce Harper in the past week, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that the club has "no desire" to make Harper an offer approaching the 10-year, $300 million deal he reportedly rejected from the Nationals in September. Rather, San Francisco plans to make Harper a lucrative short-term offer.
Of course, as Nightengale notes, ownership was willing to take on $265 million of Giancarlo Stanton's contract last offseason if it acquired him from the Marlins, so it's possible the Giants will be open to investing that type of money in Harper as well.
Harper was a popular topic during the Giants' annual FanFest at Oracle Park on Saturday. The club's CEO, Larry Baer, declined to make any predictions about where Harper will land, but did say the meeting Giants executives had with him earlier this week in Las Vegas went well and lasted four hours, longer than either side expected. Baer also said the Giants are "giving it a shot."
San Francisco is reportedly planning to offer the star free agent a short-term contract and the two sides have mutual interest. Kerr discussed Harper possibly signing with the nearby Giants at a press conference Sunday.
"It could be fun," Kerr said before his team’s game against the Heat (via the San Francisco Chronicle). "I’d love it if Bryce Harper came here. Does my opinion matter? Bryce, come to the Giants! Let’s go. Is that true? Is that going around? Kind of? It’s exciting."
Harper also could re-sign with the Nationals, according to multiple reports. He has reportedly discussed signing with the Phillies and White Sox, as well.
Harper slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games with the Nationals in 2018.