Philadelphia Phillies fans are patiently waiting for word that their team has signed Bryce Harper to a massive contract, but the star outfielder continues to negotiate with other teams. The San Francisco Giants have shown interest in Harper, and they reportedly remain in the mix.
Sources told Kerry Crowley of the San Jose Mercury News that Harper and his agent Scott Boras met with Giants executives on Tuesday, which was at least the second time the two sides met this month. The Giants are said to have extended at least one formal contract offer to Harper, but the terms are unknown.
Like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants are reportedly interested in signing Harper to a short-term deal that could be worth more annually than some of the long-term offers he is mulling over. The general consensus is that a Boras client would not agree to a deal of that nature, but there is a growing belief that Harper does not want to play in Philadelphia.
Reports have indicated that Harper would prefer to play for a team on the west coast, so he and Boras may be trying to get the Dodgers and/or Giants to up their offers. It seems like the Phillies currently have the highest offer on the table, but Harper’s thoughts toward playing there could be why he has yet to sign with a team.
Manny Machado’s signing with the San Diego Padres hasn’t really brought any more clarity to Bryce Harper’s situation.
The San Francisco Giants are still trying for Harper, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, and may no longer be focused on a short-term solution. People with the Giants, however, do not appear to be optimistic that they’ll end up being Harper’s preferred destination.
What’s clear is that Harper thinks he can get a lot of money — more than Machado. The Giants are a fairly late entrant into the Harper sweepstakes, and it remains to be seen if they’re willing to make that sort of financial commitment. It’s also not clear how interested Harper is in playing for the Giants, though there are some hints that may work in their favor.
The Philadelphia Phillies have seemed like they are on the verge of signing Bryce Harper for the better part of a week now, but there is at least one other team in the running that could be making life difficult for them.
SNY’s Andy Martino reported on Wednesday that the San Francisco Giants remain in the hunt for Harper, while the Phillies are facing a “tough road” to sign the free agent slugger. If Philly is not willing to pay significantly more than $300 million, they may end up losing out.
The general consensus is that Harper is going to get more than Manny Machado, and Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday that includes an opt out after the fifth year. That is now the baseline for Harper’s deal, and agent Scott Boras is likely seeking significantly more.
Some comments made by a Phillies executive recently make it sound like less than a guarantee that the team is going to land Harper. Couple that with reports that Harper may actually prefer to play on the west coast, and the idea of him winding up in Philly hardly seems like a lock.
The San Francisco Giants have suddenly emerged as one of the favorites to sign Bryce Harper, but the star outfielder may have to accept a somewhat untraditional free agent contract if he wants to play in the Bay Area.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Giants have no intention of offering Harper a contract in the neighborhood of the 10-year, $300 million deal he has been seeking. However, they do plan to offer the 26-year-old a “lucrative short-term deal,” which likely means it would have a higher average annual value than some of the offers other teams have made or discussed with Harper.
The Giants clearly have money they are willing to spend. They agreed to a trade last year that would have seen them acquire Giancarlo Stanton and the $265 million remaining on his contract, and they have only spent $9 million in free agency this winter. They desperately need a power hitter in the middle of their lineup, and Harper would provide that.
Ultimately, whether or not Harper ends up in San Francisco will come down to how much he prefers the Giants over other teams. It seems unlikely that they are going to make the highest offer in terms of total dollar amount, but there could be something to the talk of Harper wanting to play in San Francisco. Perhaps he’ll be willing to sign a shorter deal that will allow him to hit free agency again in the prime of his career.
The San Francisco Giants are very much in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, and they’re not hiding it.
Giants CEO Larry Baer revealed Saturday that the team’s meeting with Harper this week went a full four hours — longer than the team expected — and added that the organization is “giving it a shot.”
Much like the general public, the Giants don’t seem to know where Harper’s thinking is at this point. Some reports indicate that the outfielder prefers the West Coast, which could benefit San Francisco hugely. Others suggest that his old team is carefully watching some potential suitors with the potential of jumping in aggressively. We don’t know much, but we do know that the Giants are serious and aren’t hiding that fact.
The San Francisco Giants are in pretty dire need of outfield help, and are looking at some curious names in a bid to make it happen.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Giants have internally discussed New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and he believes that they may be willing to pursue a bad contract swap to bring in the one-time All-Star.
Ellsbury missed the entire 2018 season with a torn labrum in his left hip. His name popped up in some other hefty contract swap rumors this offseason, but nothing came of it.
Relying on Ellsbury would be a massive risk for the Giants, but it’s indicative of how much they’re struggling to find an outfielder right now. The 35-year-old is owed upwards of $42 million through 2020, plus a likely $5 million buyout in 2021.
The Oakland Raiders are headed to Las Vegas in 2020, but before they get there, they must decide where to play during the 2019 season.
The Raiders’ lease at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expired following the 2018 season. There had been talks to renew the deal, but negotiations fell apart on December 11 when the city of Oakland filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 of its teams in protest of the upcoming Las Vegas move.
So without a home location in place, the Raiders have actively sought other accommodations, including San Francisco’s Oracle Park, which is home of the MLB’s Giants.
ESPN reports the Raiders are actively in talks with the Giants about sharing the stadium in 2019, but the final decision may be that of the San Francisco 49ers. In order for the Raiders and Giants to share Oracle Park, the 49ers would have to waive their territorial NFL rights to the San Francisco market. The NFL would also have to approve any such deal.
Raiders owner Mark Davis was noncommittal on the early reports, telling ESPN, “when we’re ready to make the announcement, we will.”
The Raiders will host the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals in 2019, with their eighth home game coming against the Chicago Bears in London.
The San Francisco Giants made an inexpensive move on Wednesday to bolster their starting rotation, signing left-hander Drew Pomeranz to a one-year contract.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the deal is worth just $1.5 million.
Coming off a down season in 2018, Pomeranz could end up being one of the better buy-low free agents on the market. While he has battled injuries throughout his career and posted a 2-6 record and 6.08 ERA in 74 innings last year, the 30-year-old was considered a big addition for the Red Sox two years ago and initially lived up to the hype.
In his first full season with Boston in 2017, Pomeranz went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA. He put together some quality seasons before that with the A’s and Padres and has a respectable career ERA of 3.92. There’s a reason we listed Pomeranz as one of our best potential bargains of MLB free agency, and there’s virtually no risk for the Giants in signing him to a $1.5 million deal. If he stays healthy, there’s no reason Pomeranz can’t have a bounce-back season pitching in the National League.
The San Francisco Giants are reportedly exploring the possibility of trading second baseman Joe Panik, and that may be because they have their eye on a free agent to replace the veteran infielder.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Thursday that the Giants have been talking with teams about a potential Panik trade, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic added that they are interested in free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Connecting the dots makes it seem like the Giants feel LeMahieu would be an upgrade over Panik, which isn’t all that hard to believe. Panik hit .254 last season with four homers, 24 RBI, and an OBP of just .307. LeMahieu hit .276 with a career-high 15 home runs and drove in 62 with the Colorado Rockies. He’s a career .298 hitter who batted over .300 from 2015-2017, winning the batting title with a .348 average in 2016. LeMahieu is also a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.
The Nationals signed Brian Dozier to a contract on Thursday, so LeMahieu will likely be the next domino to fall at the second base position.
Madison Bumgarner trade rumors continue to linger, and one report says that there is a clear suitor if the San Francisco Giants opt to deal their left-handed ace.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Giants have had substantial discussions with the Milwaukee Brewers about a Bumgarner trade, and the Brewers are still privately considering how willing they would be to give up the sort of young talent that would be required to make the deal happen.
Morosi notes that the Philadelphia Phillies also have some interest in Bumgarner, but are more focused on adding through free agency rather than via trade.
A Bumgarner trade still seems less likely now than it did earlier in the offseason. The Giants may wait until the season to deal him, as they’d have a broader group of potentially interested teams. The only downside is they’d be gambling on him staying healthy during the season. Milwaukee sounds like they could put together a prospect package now to make it happen and fill a need, as their rotation lacks top-end talent.