Major League Baseball rumors: Giants' Bryce Harper talks have 'more smoke than fire'

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

They've already traded for starter James Paxton and signed free agent infielders Troy Tulowitzki and DJ Lemahieu, among other moves.

After reports of Harper meeting with the San Francisco Giants arose, USA Today's insider Bob Nightengale went on 680 KNBR in the Bay Area to talk about the potential pairing of Harper and San Francisco.

The Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants are the two teams Nightengale believes are still in it for Harper. However, it sounds like Nightengale thinks the Giants have the edge. Harper is seeking a massive contract in free agency, but the 10 year, $300-$400 million offers don't seem to be there. "It's a two-team race here".

San Francisco is coming off two of their worst seasons in a decade, but they improved to win 73 games a year ago.

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Nightengale said Harper's decision will ultimately come down to the all-mighty dollar.

San Diego would "commit significant money" to Machado, but some close to the 26-year-old star want him to think about accepting a short-term deal with the Yankees, the report says.

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. 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.

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