Oddsmakers Now Favor Giants To Sign Bryce Harper

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2019

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 6, 2014 in San Francisco, California. "I think for the Phillies to get Harper, they're going to have to grossly outbid the Giants to get him, I really do".

Major League Baseball insider Bob Nightengale believes it's become a two-team race for Harper, who has been linked to several different Major League Baseball franchises over the past couple of months.

"They are definitely out of it", Nightengale added, talking about the Nationals when asked about the teams in the running to land Harper. The Giants are hampered by large contracts handed out to pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, and Mark Melancon, who are owed a combined $140 million through the remainder of their contracts.

Nightengale said Harper's decision will ultimately come down to the all-mighty dollar.

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

The Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants are the two teams Nightengale believes are still in it for Harper.

San Diego would "commit significant money" to Machado, but some close to the 26-year-old star want him to think about accepting a short-term deal with the Yankees, the report says.

However, Jon Heyman reports that Harper is not interested in short-term deals, good news for the Phillies. The Padres have been aggressive with both Harper and Machado late in free agency and have been pushing to land one of them.

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