Over the past few weeks, the Bryce Harper free agency saga has gone from excitement to frustration over his not being signed yet. With Spring training only weeks away, there’s hope that the former MVP will sign soon now that a new contender has emerged.
According to USA Today MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the San Francisco Giants have become an option to sign Harper, though the team’s top brass reportedly won’t offer him a mega-deal.
USA Today quoted Giants president Larry Baer, who seemed to hint at the team’s interest in the six-time All-Star.
“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.’’
One MLB insider believes Harper will end up signing with the Giants.
One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.
The Giants missed the playoffs for a second year in a row this past season, going 73-89 and finishing fourth in the NL West.
Even superstar catcher Buster Posey struggled a bit. He played in 105 games – his fewest since 2011 – and had a .284 batting average, his lowest since his rookie season.
Adding a slugger like Harper could certainly give the Giants the shot in the arm they need to return to the playoffs.