Just two days after ESPN’S Buster Olney reported that the San Francisco Giants were open to a “bad contract swap” with the New York Yankees, they are now “vying for Bryce Harper“.
Following a report from The Athletic’s Jim Bowden earlier this week that there were “mystery teams” still involved in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, Randy Miller of NJ.COM followed up on Wednesday with another report stating that the San Francisco Giants are the latest team making a “late play” for Harper”.
— Randy Miller (@RandyJMiller) February 6, 2019
The move for Ellsbury, who is finally healthy, was intended to remedy a dire outfield situation in San Francisco while speeding up the rebuilding process. Ellsbury only has two more guaranteed years on his contract, while Cueto has three, thereby potentially saving the Giants upwards of $20M.
On Wednesday, however, the Giants followed a now countless number of teams in expressing their interest in the 26-year-old megastar. Quite frankly, why wouldn’t they be interested?
Even though it will most certainly cost the Giants a lot more money to bring in Harper, they would also benefit financially by adding him to the team over the injury prone, 35-year-old Jacoby Ellsbury.
1.) If the team’s goal is to get younger while at the same time getting better, they’d be killing two birds with one stone by adding Harper. Also, comparatively speaking, Harper is waaaaayyyyy better than Ellsbury.
Since Bryce made his debut in 2013, he’s played in 134 more games than Ellsbury. In that time, Harper has posted a better BA, OBP, SLG, wRC+, and fWAR than Ellsbury
2.) Harper would bring more crowds to the stadium and more eyes to the television, thereby essentially paying for himself.
Bryce Harper signed the largest endorsement deal in MLB history after winning the NL MVP award back in 2016. He’s also featured in many Gatorade ads and is the centerpiece of MLB The Show’s genius promotion campaign this year.
It’s clear that everybody wants a piece of Harper.
The San Francisco Giants would be stupid not to want a piece too.