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Phillies need to 'grossly outbid' Giants to get Bryce Harper

13 February, 2019, 20:38 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Phillies need to 'grossly outbid' Giants to get Bryce Harper

That could throw a wrench in San Francisco's bid to acquire Harper, as new VP of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi has shown little enthusiasm at the prospect of breaking the bank for one player this offseason, with so many holes on both the Giants' big-league roster, and farm system.

As the Phillies report to Clearwater for Spring Training, latest Phillies rumors circling the club continue to focus on Bryce Harper. It does seem like the Nationals' 10-year, $300 million offer is no longer in play, but it's always possible they circle back.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Sunday the Giants were preparing a lucrative short-term offer for Harper while claiming the team had no intention of meeting his demands of a long-term deal for over $300 million.

"They are definitely out of it", Nightengale added, talking about the Nationals when asked about the teams in the running to land Harper.

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"With the Giants moving in and all the optimism, I do believe it's a coin flip".

"Right now I really do think it's the Giants and the Phillies". This isn't to say Harper won't be forced to take a short-term deal, though.

From where I sit, the idea of Harper to the Giants is pretty much off the table after this report. And you can be the face of the franchise, and you can be the modern day Barry Bonds. "Nobody does, but the Giants certainly don't want to".

"I think the tradition of the organization and the fact that he's never won a playoff round, and this franchise won three World Series in five years".

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