With any luck, here is the week the Bryce Harper saga ends.
Many Phillies players are already in Clearwater getting ready for the initiating of spring coaching, but this Wednesday is the day when pitchers and catchers are resulting from teach, and likely no longer coincidentally, Harper is reportedly shut to making a option on his subsequent employer.
Decision week for Bryce in Vegas….This can also very properly be over by Thursday (Valentine’s Day). Heard no extra conferences. 3-4 groups are severe contenders. I take that also entails #Nats but no longer 100% determined. Heard a week or so within the past, they could well salvage closing chance to test. pic.twitter.com/r2gHhClqXU
— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) February 11, 2019
It’s unclear how decent this teach is, but it’s plausible that every particular person the groups that are indignant about signing Harper, to no matter contract they’ll also very properly be pondering, maintain made contact with him. It’s onerous to contemplate someone else leaping in at this point. One in all the three or four groups likely within the combo to fetch Harper’s services and products is with out a doubt the Phillies, but undoubtedly some of the others is amazingly likely the San Francisco Giants.
And it appears as even supposing momentum is constructing toward San Fran as a skill destination, at the very least primarily based mostly mostly on primarily the most up-to-date odds out of Vegas.
On the initiating place of the off-season, the Giants had been seen as a first price chance, but they remained silent all winter as they listened to alternate supplies for some of their veterans, fancy Madison Bumgarner, and spent lower than $10 million on free agents. And now, here they’re, looking out to swoop in at the final minute and snag him at the 11th hour.
However as became reported Sunday night by USA On the present time’s Bob Nightengale, the Giants assemble no longer seem ready to offer a protracted-term deal to the slugging left-hander.
The Giants indeed understanding to offer Harper a lucrative immediate-term deal, but produce no longer maintain any desire to assemble a protracted-term contract impending the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.
Be pleased the San Diego Padres, the Giants seem willing to offer Harper a gigantic-money, immediate-term deal, but would that be enough to convince him to play within the Bay?
Having a leer at the roster the Giants are slated to place available in 2019, you peep a crew led by All-Superstar catcher Buster Posey, and fetch players fancy Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford, a fetch young starter in Dereck Rodriguez and Bumgarner. However they furthermore maintain a decaying Evan Longoria at third, an inconsistent Joe Panik at 2d outrageous, and outfielders named Chris Shaw, Steve Duggar and Austin Slater,names I did no longer constructing up,projected as their starters.
In point of truth, the roster is so aged, Oddsshark has plot the over/under for San Francisco wins at 73.5. Now, whereas together with Harper would undoubtedly assemble the Giants better, it likely most effective helps them turn exact into a crew that reaches the upper 70s.
In other words, the Giants will no longer be a playoff crew. They furthermore don’t seem like involving to offer the years and money that the Phillies are willing to (we take, as now we have not learned any indispensable aspects about doable contract supplies made by the Phils).
As properly as, Oracle Park is automatically undoubtedly some of the worst ballparks for dwelling trek hitters in baseball. Final year it ranked as the 2nd-worst dwelling trek park in baseball, one thing that doesn’t seem the least bit conducive to Harper’s offensive totals. Electorate Bank Park, then again, ranked 4th-most effective, and Harper has raked in Philly to the tune of a career .930 OPS with 14 HRs in 50 career video games there. In San Francisco, his career OPS in 19 video games is .588.
As a device to sum up, the Phillies assemble device extra sense than the Giants in almost about every device likely. San Francisco won’t be a playoff contender, will provide undoubtedly some of the worst hitting environments for Harper, and won’t offer as noteworthy money as Philadelphia. So why are they now the favourite to land Harper primarily based mostly mostly on the oddsmakers?
It’s mystifying. Maybe top-of-the-line thing that will presumably presumably presumably jam issues up is that if Harper in point of truth desires to discontinuance shut to his Vegas dwelling all season long. Is that enough to use a excessive AAV, low-length deal over a protracted and extra lucrative offer from a skill playoff crew who will allow Harper to hit 1,000,000 dingers and play in entrance of an equally rabid fanbase? Is that a deal Scott Boras would allow to occur if there had been other alternatives available? No longer most effective that, there’s a 13% tax price that Harper will likely be subjected to. That ain’t nothin’.
Logically, signing with the Giants is mindless for Harper. However since when has the leisure long gone to devise on this loopy off-season?
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