An idea that recently gained steam on the Major League Baseball rumor mill was the Giants jumping into the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, but under the caveat that they would offer a short-term deal with a high average annual value.
The Bryce Harper sweepstakes have gathered pace in recent days after the emergence of the San Francisco Giants as a potential contender for the right-fielder's services. "It's a two-team race here". Harper is seeking a massive contract in free agency, but the 10 year, $300-$400 million offers don't seem to be there.
The question is, what under-the-radar teams still have a shot at Harper and Machado, and do they have enough talent to make a postseason run without those stars?
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Sunday the Giants were preparing a lucrative short-term offer for Harper while claiming the team had no intention of meeting his demands of a long-term deal for over $300 million. "I think for the Phillies to get Harper, they're going to have to grossly outbid the Giants to get him, I really do".
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"With the Giants moving in and all the optimism, I do believe it's a coin flip", Nightengale told KNBR. This isn't to say Harper won't be forced to take a short-term deal, though.
"The big thing (for the Giants) I think is proximity". Bonds meant so much to the Giants back then, and (Harper) wants to be that guy now.
"I think the tradition of the organization and the fact that he's never won a playoff round, and this franchise won three World Series in five years".