Giants join the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, which grow stranger by the day

Mae Harvey
February 8, 2019

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training a week from today, former catcher Bryce Harper still does not know what team he will be a part of in 2019. Maybe Harper is sending the Yankees front office a message that says, "I don't mind having to shave the beard, now offer me a contract!"

The proverbial "mystery team" or teams are reportedly lurking, and NJ.com's Randy Miller reports that one of those franchises is the San Francisco Giants.

The NL West already is fraught with competition and Harper joining the boys of the Bay Area would make the division that much more intriguing.

Considering their mini-slump as a franchise, the lack of outfield depth that Miller mentioned and the fact that the price for Harper has conceivably fallen precipitously from what his projected contract was, it makes sense that the Giants would want to get involved. If he wants to set records, the biggest deal in baseball history was Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million extension, and Zack Grienke has the highest annual average value ever at more than $34 million.

Under new general manager Farhan Zaidi, though, this is a surprise.

Harper is probably the best player in Major League Baseball.

As of Monday morning, the 26-year-old still had not made a decision public on where he's planning to sign.

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals looks on from the dugout during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 16, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. I was disappointed when the 76ers weren't able to persuade Lebron to come to Philly over Los Angeles, but I will be devastated if I don't see Harper in red and white pin stripes come this April.

As for Judge's message through TMZ to Harper, Machado and other remaining free agents?

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