San Francisco Giants expected to meet with Bryce Harper this week

San Francisco Giants expected to meet with Bryce Harper this week

San Francisco Giants expected to meet with Bryce Harper this week

The 2016 National League MVP would give San Francisco the power bat it has long craved and, at 26, Harper is young enough for the Giants to build around long term.

After an impressive first half-season in pro ball. That is no different with San Francisco. Nor the White Sox.

Harper reportedly turned down at least $300 million from the Nationals early in the offseason. The left-handed outfielder has been one of the most exciting players in the game for a few years now and stands to make quite a bit of money with whatever team he ends up with. Currently, New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has the largest deal at $325 million, which he signed with the Miami Marlins. It seems very unlikely the Giants would be willing to offer Harper an eight- to 10-year long-term deal but seem they would be more in the neighborhood of a three- to five-year deal. That was sometime around October 29.

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That was before the supposed meeting at Lerner's house and when it was presumed some team would've met Harper's contract demands by now. But not this time. According to MLB Network, at least eight teams have the 2018 Home Run Derby victor on their radar. That same morning, a friend of mine at work said he heard someone on 94 WISP call in and say that Nick Foles had sold his house to Harper over the weekend.

Still, as frustrating as this was to see for Phillies fans, this also shows how much potential this young team has when it comes to one day becoming a serious contender again, and it's safe to assume that Harper has noticed some of their underrated moves this offseason. His ongoing free agency, and Machado's, has stalled the market in a year in which teams are unwilling to commit to most players beyond a year or two, and talents including Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Mike Moustakas and Marwin Gonzalez remain unsigned.

It doesn't feel like a logical destination for Harper.

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