Friday, 15 February, 2019

Phillies need to 'grossly outbid' Giants to get Bryce Harper

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Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2019, 22:22

As the Phillies report to Clearwater for Spring Training, latest Phillies rumors circling the club continue to focus on Bryce Harper. When the Giants signed outfielder Gerardo Parra to a minor-league contract Tuesday, a source indicated to MLB.com's Jon Morosi that San Francisco did it with Harper still in their plans.

"Right now I really do think it's the Giants and the Phillies".

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 25, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

Of course, 26-year-olds on a Hall of Fame trajectory who play a clear position of need and love San Francisco, don't come along very often. The Giants are hampered by large contracts handed out to pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, and Mark Melancon, who are owed a combined $140 million through the remainder of their contracts. San Francisco planned to offer him a lucrative short-term deal. "It's a two-team race here", Nightengale told KNBR.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants are even longer shots at +10000 at sports betting sites, but that has not stopped them from taking a shot at Harper on a short-term deal.

The Dodgers, Padres, White Sox, Yankees, and Cubs have also been linked to Harper this offseason. That could throw a wrench in San Francisco's bid to acquire Harper, as new VP of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi has shown little enthusiasm at the prospect of breaking the bank for one player this offseason, with so many holes on both the Giants' big-league roster, and farm system.