MLB Rumors: This NL Team Making ‘Late Play’ To Sign Bryce Harper

09 February, 2019, 08:29 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Cub o’ coffee Cubs add reliever Tony Barnette and old friend Luke Hagerty. Who’s next? Bryce Harper

"(Manny) Machado, Bryce Harper, any of them".

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

It looked like the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes might be down to the Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies earlier this offseason.

Nearly a full day before prominent baseball reporters caught on, a San Francisco Giants fan foresaw Bryce Harper meeting with his favorite team.

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Aaron Judge is willing to do whatever it takes to bring Bryce Harper to the Bronx.

As this interminable offseason finally staggers to an anticlimactic finish with the first spring training game just 17 days away, the biggest and best free agents still don't have a home. Although Yankees general manager Brian Cashman refuted such rumored interest in Harper during the Winter Meetings in December, he and other team officials did meet with Machado late that month.

Indeed he was, as Giants brass wooed the $300 million-seeking Harper in his hometown, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Currently, New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has the largest deal at $325 million, which he signed with the Miami Marlins. "Obviously, he's a great player, but I think our team is pretty much set".

The allure of playing in the Bay Area for a world-class organization appears to be something that has always attracted Harper, as these old tweets from 2013 and 2014 show. If Klentak can sign Harper, betting on the Phillies to win the National League would be like betting on the sun to come up. 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. But who's to say, at this point of the calendar, that the Giants don't have as good a chance as any team to land him? However, that may not happen now, as the landscape has changed with new teams in the mix.

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