In a new twist in the Bryce Harper saga, the San Francisco Giants have now joined a list of teams discussing a 10-year deal with the superstar outfielder.
Early Wednesday morning, it was reported that Bryce Harper, his agent Scott Boras and members of the San Francisco Giants – namely CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi – met in Las Vegas on Tuesday. This is the second time members of the Giants have met with Harper’s camp this offseason.
According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, both sides “have discussed a 10-year contract”. Not only that, the Giants, who are in desperate need of an outfielder, are “likely to give Harper a chance at the record dollar figure he has been looking for”.
There are indications that the Giants aren’t the only team looking to give Harper a long-term deal, however. Earlier today, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the following:
All teams talking to Bryce Harper in these late stages, including the #SFGIants, have discussed deals of at least 10 years, I've learned.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 27, 2019
Among those teams, we can assume, are the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This could be bad news for the Phillies, who were said to be favored to land Harper. First, there were reports that Harper doesn’t favor Philly. Now, according to Steve Phillips, it seems negotiations between the Phillies and Harper are far apart.
A source indicates that the #Phillies believe their chances of landing Bryce Harper are remote. The obvious question is whether they would pivot to Keuchel and/or Kimbrel. My sense from our interview with Matt Klentak is that they won’t play on Keuchel and only maybe on Kimbrel.
— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) February 27, 2019
Almost a week after Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres agreed on a 10-year, $300M deal and a day after Nolan Arenado received an 8-year, $260M, Harper is looking to get paid. With Manny getting an AAV of $30M and Nolan Arenado $32.5, it is expected that Harper will likely command deal with an AAV of around $35M. Considering that teams are discussing 10-year deals with the outfielder, we can assume that the deal would be worth upwards of $350M, the biggest baseball contract ever.
It’s clear now that Bryce Harper is going to get paid. The question now is, can the San Francisco Giants seal the deal?