Heyman: Bryce Harper is 'not signing, considering short-term deals'

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

After reports of Harper meeting with the San Francisco Giants arose, USA Today's insider Bob Nightengale went on 680 KNBR in the Bay Area to talk about the potential pairing of Harper and San Francisco. Harper is seeking a massive contract in free agency, but the 10 year, $300-$400 million offers don't seem to be there. When the Giants signed outfielder Gerardo Parra to a minor-league contract Tuesday, a source indicated to MLB.com's Jon Morosi that San Francisco did it with Harper still in their plans. However, it sounds like Nightengale thinks the Giants have the edge. It's unknown where the two sides stand with each other months later, though there are rumors that Harper won't return to his old team.

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned for Harper, too, though Nightengale believes they're out.

Of course, 26-year-olds on a Hall of Fame trajectory who play a clear position of need and love San Francisco, don't come along very often. I think for the Phillies to get Harper, they're going to have to grossly outbid the Giants to get him, I really do.

There's also skepticism among some parties involved in the Giants-Harper conversation that San Francisco can generate the kind of offer the slugger is looking for, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.

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In early November, Nightengale said you "can bank on" Harper signing with the Phillies.

The Yankees have had an active offseason.

Take from all of this what you will. Nightengale has been on top of the Harper story since the offseason began and he's one of the best insiders in baseball.

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