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Bryce Harper: Phillies face threat from new team

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 11, 2019 - 8:41 am

The Phillies have seemed to be the favorites for Bryce Harper throughout this offseason, but since they haven’t yet closed the deal, anything can happen — and a new team has apparently become serious competition. 

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the San Francisco Giants have apparently become a very realistic potential landing spot for Harper, as there appears to be serious interest between the two sides. 

Nightengale writes:

One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star. The Giants indeed plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal, but have no desire to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September. “We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants’ fans,’’ Giants president Larry Baer told reporters at the Giants’ FanFest. “Bryce Harper is an amazing player. It’s very hard, these are competitions, and I can’t handicap it.’’

Despite the Giants stepping into the race, the Phillies should still feel confident about their chances of landing Harper. 

Not only do the Phillies appear to be the team willing to pay Harper the most money, they have also made some notable additions to their team this offseason. Last week the team traded two of their top prospects for catcher J.T. Realmuto, a player Harper is believed to be very close with and wants to play with. 

Still, the Phillies have apparently been trying to try sign Harper for months, and the two sides haven’t come to an agreement. Which is why the Phillies would be foolish to simply overlook the real threat and possibility that the Giants might steal Harper away. 

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