The San Francisco Giants still have a lot of the same players on their roster from when they won the World Series in 2014, and manager Bruce Bochy may call attention to that to bring back some bad memories for the Kansas City Royals this weekend.
It was the Royals that the Giants beat in a dramatic series more than four years ago, and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner came on to close out Game 7 with five innings of two-hit relief. Bumgarner is scheduled to pitch against Kansas City in Sunday’s spring training game, and Bochy said he might start the exact same infield behind the left-hander that the Giants had in Game 7.
Talk about the ultimate troll job. #SFGiants are playing #royals on Sunday. It's Bumgarner's day. Now that Pablo is here, Bochy is thinking of starting the same infield and pitcher that ended Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. (KC can leave Whit Merrifield at home).
Major League Baseball is investigating a video that showed Larry Baer involved in a physical altercation with his wife in public last week, and the San Francisco Giants CEO is taking a leave of absence in the meantime.
The team announced the decision on Monday, noting that Baer has “acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organization and is taking steps to make sure that this never happens again.”
Police were not called during the incident, and the person who recorded the video said he helped break things up. Even if no charges are filed, it seems likely that Baer will be facing disciplinary action from MLB.
Shortly after Holland sent his tweet, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic noted that the “sense in the Giants clubhouse today is that they have a very legitimate shot of welcoming Bryce Harper this weekend.”
The Philadelphia Phillies were considered the favorites to sign Harper for the better part of the month, but that may no longer be the case. Harper seems to be waiting for a west coast team to match his best offer, and he is said to be less than thrilled with the idea of playing in Philly. If the Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers match whatever the Phillies have offered, Harper will likely sign with one of them.
The San Francisco Giants have become very serious about signing Bryce Harper.
According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, Harper and the Giants have discussed a 10-year contract in line with what he has reportedly sought from other teams, and are willing to go beyond simply offering a short-term deal.
It had been thought that the Giants were offering Harper a more short-term solution, but clearly they’ve grown more serious about bringing him in. Harper has been seeking a 10-year deal and was said to be uninterested in short-term pacts.
It’s a clear sign that the Giants mean business. They’ve met with Harper twice this month and appear ready to put their money where their mouth is. It’s not great news for the Philadelphia Phillies, who had been thought to be the frontrunner but have been unable to close the deal to this point.
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.
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.
The #SFGiants are telling people they are trying hard for Harper (this likely debunks the short-term theory for them, as it’s known Harper isn’t signing short-term deal). However, people who have spoken to SF brass said they aren’t necessarily overly optimistic.
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.
It’s unclear how big a contract Giants will/have offered to Bryce Harper, but hearing a continued sense today that they have a shot at him and Phillies have a tough road to get it done
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.
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.”
Larry Baer said the meeting in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper lasted four hours, far longer than anticipated. Baer: "Bryce Harper is an amazing player. These are competitions. I can’t handicap it. I don’t know where we are, but we’re 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.
As SF has canvassed the market for OF help, they've talked about Jacoby Ellsbury, probably would be open to a bad contract swap. For example, speculation: Cueto owed $68m, coming back from TJ surgery; NYY could recoup insurance in '19. Ellsbury owed $48m. $ would have to even out
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.