Nightengale: Giants planning 'lucrative short-term deal’ for Bryce Harper, ‘high-ranking rival executive’ thinks club will end up with RF

Club amid late entrants in derby for superstar 26-year-old

Karl Buscheck
February 11, 2019 - 9:19 am

Harper watch continues for the San Francisco Giants, who remain in the mix for the former NL MVP.

After CEO Larry Baer, president of baseball ops Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy all confirmed the club’s interest in Bryce Harper in recent days, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, illuminated that pursuit.

Per Nightengale, the Giants “plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal.” The NL West club has no interest in matching the 10-year, $300 million megadeal that Harper turned down from the Washington Nationals at the end of last season.

Baer offered the following at his team’s FanFest on Saturday:

“We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants’ fans,’’ Giants president Larry Baer told reporters at the Giants’ FanFest. “Bryce Harper is an amazing player. It’s very hard, these are competitions, and I can’t handicap it.”

Related: ‘There’s obviously mutual interest on both sides’ — Zaidi addresses Giants’ link to Harper

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr even addressed the recruitment before his team’s 120-118 win over the Heat on Sunday night.

Oh, and, according to Nightengale, a mystery official thinks China Basin will be Harper’s next home…

“One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.”

A request for comment from Harper's representatives at Boras Corporation has so far gone unanswered.

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