Giants latest team to join Bryce Harper sweepstakes

Giants latest team to join Bryce Harper sweepstakes

The San Diego Padres are in the mix and could decide to throw money at Harper as they did with Eric Hosmer a year ago.

"Wherever he wants to play, wherever he wants to play - we'll make it work", Judge said.

It looked like the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes might be down to the Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies earlier this offseason. Many of those same teams have been reported as being interested in free agency's other big name, Manny Machado. "Asked by TMZ Sports in a brief red-carpet interview this week, (Aaron) Judge said any time a team can add a player of Harper's caliber, it "is going to make them better".

What happens from here with Harper and Machado is the biggest story in baseball entering spring training.

In fact, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are hoping the Realmuto addition makes Philly an even more appealing landing spot for either of the 26-year-old superstars.


With every argument made for a team to sign Harper - starting with his age and status as one of baseball's most feared hitters - there seems to be at least one counterpoint. Currently, New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has the largest deal at $325 million, which he signed with the Miami Marlins.

It would make anyone wonder which teams are really in on Harper, and which are jumping on board because his market has crystallized into this, dotting their i's and crossing their t's in case a favorable deal should fall into their lap.

The way Boone sees it, this team already appears to be in its best form, even without Harper or Machado in the mix.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been connected to Harper on multiple occasions but not under the scope of a 10-year deal he may be seeking.

After acquiring the top free-agent pitcher, Mark Lerner, Ted Lerner's son, told 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. that he believed Harper had moved on.

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