Heyman: Won't rule out Giants for Harper, but Phillies have 'always been the favorite'

Pursuit of superstar RF continues to drag amid ice-cold free-agent market

Karl Buscheck
February 18, 2019 - 8:50 am

The Bryce Harper derby does not appear to be trending in the right direction for the San Francisco Giants, late entrants to the field.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network dished the latest on Monday morning in an apperance on "Joe, Lo & Dibs." Here's how Heyman broke it down: spoiler alert, the Phillies are in the lead.

“I think they have always been the favorite,” Heyman said on 95.7 The Game. “But there’s clearly competition.”

“I think it’s intensifying now, and, all the teams that we’ve heard, I think, our the main teams: the Padres, the Giants and the White Sox are the other teams for Harper. The Nats, perhaps. I haven’t heard a lot about them lately but they are the incumbent team…”

Heyman said those are the teams willing to extend Harper a long-term deal, adding that he still thinks the right fielder will crack the  $300 million plateau.

Looking at the ledger, Heyman suggested that Harper likes the West Coast and the city of San Francisco, but pointed out that the cavernous ballpark is not a pro.

“I’m not ruling them out,” Heyman said of the Giants. “While we say the Phillies are the favorite, it doesn’t mean that it’s a slam dunk and they’re going to get him.”

Back on Saturday, Jim Bowden, the former front office exec turned insider, said that Harper appeared to be "rounding third" on a deal with the Phillies.

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