Giants making late play to join Bryce Harper sweepstakes

Giants making late play to join Bryce Harper sweepstakes

"Wherever he wants to play, wherever he wants to play - we'll make it work", the two-time All-Star outfielder proclaimed Tuesday.

If I would have told you at the beginning of this Major League Baseball offseason that, on February 6, we would still be discussing Bryce Harper rumors, you would have thought I was insane.

With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring camps in less than a week, the San Francisco Giants are making a late play for Bryce Harper, a source told NJ.com's Randy Miller.

The Phillies, White Sox, Nationals, Dodgers and Padres have met with Harper, which leaves about 25 Mystery Teams.

The fact that San Diego only won 66 games a year ago shows how much of a work in progress they are heading into the 2019 season, and while the team has a few key players like Will Myers to work with, the addition of someone like Harper certainly wouldn't solve all their problems.

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Giancarlo Stanton also factors into the Yankees' outfield plans. Harper and Machado seem likely to sign for less than expected at the start of the winter, which could have teams re-considering whether to try to jump back into the fray.

A player of Harper's caliber would change the timeline in San Francisco, if there's enough interest from both sides. It seems very unlikely the Giants would be willing to offer Harper an eight- to 10-year long-term deal but seem they would be more in the neighborhood of a three- to five-year deal. That deal expired once free agency began and the Nationals began to spend as if Harper would not return.

The way Boone sees it, this team already appears to be in its best form, even without Harper or Machado in the mix. That has only made Harper's situation more confusing, because there is often some noise generated through the media to drive up prices and create bidding wars between teams.

Indeed he was, as Giants brass wooed the $300 million-seeking Harper in his hometown, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

"If he comes over, he makes the team better", Gregorius said.

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