When the San Francisco Giants reportedly tried to lure in Bryce Harper with a high-AAV contract over a short period of years, it sounded genius. The Giants would get a superstar player,
However, recent reports have emerged claiming that the Giants are now discussing a 10-year contract with Harper after the two parties met on Tuesday.
The Giants are not positioning themselves as a short-term solution for Bryce Harper. Per sources, the two sides have discussed a 10-year deal. Story: https://t.co/P3fbVWeBLc— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 27, 2019
Given Harper's potential reticence about playing in the city of Philadelphia -- despite the belief that the Phillies have been the favorites to land him -- teams like the Giants have been able to get back in the running in the last week or so.
However, despite the Giants' best efforts, it seems like the Los Angeles Dodgers may have the best chances to sign Harper now. The friendly right field porch at Chavez Ravine and the Dodgers recent success are key advantages that the Dodger have over the Giants.
Bryce Harper update: Some #Phillies officials have grown concerned Harper will sign with the #Dodgers if they make an offer that comes close to Philly’s. The ability to play close to home and train in Arizona both appeal to Harper, who is a @Lakers fan. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 26, 2019
Harper's free agent saga has drawn on longer than anyone could have imagined. With Spring Training already in full swing, Harper has to sign somewhere soon. Given the Giants' willingness to up their offer to a massive 10-year contract, it seems like teams are finally starting to be more willing to meet Harper's demands.
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