San Francisco Giants expected to meet with Bryce Harper this week

Arnold Nichols
February 8, 2019

Harper and Machado seem likely to sign for less than expected at the start of the winter, which could have teams re-considering whether to try to jump back into the fray. Jim Bowden of ESPN reported earlier this week that "there are indeed 'mystery team (s)' in on Bryce Harper that the public is not aware of" along with the known pursuers: the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and maybe Washington Nationals.

He told TMZ any time a team can add a player of Harper's caliber, it "is going to make them better". "Wherever he wants to play, we'll make it work". Despite being that, he hasn't signed over the past several months since the end of the World Series in October.

Reports have surfaced in recent days that Harper may be considering a shorter-term deal with the market just not playing out the way he and agent Scott Boras have hoped, but there is no real traction as to whether that is true or not. The Phillies and Nationals seem to be the most serious contenders for the four-time All-Star.

But the optimism was also tempered by annoyance and exasperation from fans desperate for Harper to put his name on a contract and just play ball. His lifetime batting average is.279 and in addition to winning the Home Run Derby previous year, Harper also has 184 homeruns in his career. Currently, New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has the largest deal at $325 million, which he signed with the Miami Marlins. If they make a very competitive offer and are willing to commit to Harper long-term, I think there is at least a decent chance he is a Giant next season. In 2018, he had a.249 batting average with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games.

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