Giants reportedly ‘making a late play’ to sign Bryce Harper
The slow-moving Bryce Harper free agency saga limps ahead with seemingly no end in sight. However, a new report suggests a dark-horse team has entered the fray at this late date in the hopes of signing the superstar slugger.
NJ.com’s Randy Miller reports Wednesday that sources tell him that the San Francisco Giants are “making a late play” to sign Harper. This has been corroborated by Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
The #SFGiants recently met with Bryce Harper. Extent of interest on team’s part not known, but they did try hard for Stanton last winter. Multiple new teams emerged in last week or two.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 6, 2019
The latest developments concerning Harper suggest that there may be “at least eight teams are still checking in on Harper,” per Heyman, though at least a few of those teams are said to only be interested in signing him to a short-term deal, something that Harper presumably has little interest in doing.
Further, the notion that there are “mystery teams” still competing in the Harper sweepstakes has not quieted down, with The Athletic’s Jim Bowden suggesting earlier this week that multiple sources have indicated as much.
The chance that Scott Boras, Harper’s agent, may be the one of the sources in question cannot be dismissed, as it would only increase his client’s leverage.
Just a few weeks ago, the Philadelphia Phillies were believed to be the “heavy favorites” to sign Harper, although subsequent reports indicating his signing was imminent were said to be “unfounded,” which ultimately proved to be the case.
The New York Yankees have long been assumed to be in the hunt for Harper’s services, but skipper Aaron Boone all but removed them from contention, barring an unforeseen and surprising development, with comments made Tuesday.
The fact that Harper, not to mention Manny Machado, remain unsigned at this late date is baffling, something that a handful of MLB insiders argue is emblematic of a real problem plaguing Major League Baseball.
Whether or not the Giants are in fact players for Harper remains to be seen. That said, it cannot be understated that time is running short for each and every team in pursuit if the hope is to get him signed ahead of spring training.