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Bruce Bochy on Bryce Harper decision: ‘I’ve got to think it’s close’

The San Francisco Giants have emerged as a legitimate player in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, and Bruce Bochy believes the free-agent slugger will soon make his decision. Whether or not Harper opts for the Bay Area, however, is another matter, as the Giants skipper sees it.

A report Wednesday indicated Giants brass, including CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaid, took a second meeting with Harper on Tuesday. Bochy said Wednesday that the protracted saga that has been Harper’s free agency slog has to reach a resolution sooner rather than later.

“We don’t know what his decision is going to be. We are grateful we are in the mix and sure, we hope things work out, but I can’t be concerned with something we don’t have,” Bochy said after Wednesday, per a tweet from Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. “I’ve got to think it’s close. I don’t know, but I’d think it would be.”

The sticking point in the Giants’ pursuit was believed to be a reluctance to offer Harper the long-term deal he seeks. However, the Giants reportedly are weighing a potential 10-year deal in excess of $300 million, terms Harper is said to be demanding.

The Philadelphia Phillies have long been believed to be the unquestioned front-runners to land Harper, but renewed interest from the Giants — not to mention the Los Angeles Dodgers, among others — have now reportedly created some doubt on their behalf.

As it stands, it appears that super-agent Scott Boras has played his hand masterfully by orchestrating a three-team bidding war for Harper’s services. It appears that one way or another Harper will get the long-term, big-bucks deal he seeks. It’s just of a matter of which team for which he’ll put pen to paper.