With news that the Washington Nationals are listening on Bryce Harper, we’ll look at why the San Francisco Giants should try and trade for the outfielder.
Let me be clear by saying that I think the chances of Harper being traded by the deadline is very slim, and the chances of the San Francisco Giants getting him is even slimmer, but one can dream.
I personally think the Nationals should trade Harper as that team just needs a facelift in general.
The Giants could certainly use a productive, everyday outfielder, and the could desperately use one that can hit for power.
There really isn’t much question about whether or not Harper would help the Giants, I think it’s no question that he would improve an offense that has been stagnant for a while now.
I know the average isn’t where you’d want it to be, currently at .220, but he’s hit 25 home runs. As I said, the Giants are desperate for power, and he has tons.
The big question is, what would the Giants have to give up?
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I heard Jon Heyman say that the return for Harper would actually be less than what the Baltimore Orioles got for Manny Machado.
That means the Giants would have to part with a top 100 prospects and some other mid-level prospects.
But, I think even if the Nationals trade Harper they do so with the mindset of trying to win this year. I know the Nationals are wanting to add another major league ready pitcher.
The San Francisco Giants don’t have the prospects to get a deal like this done, which is the biggest reason why I don’t think they land Harper.
But if we’re dreaming, I think their best shot at landing him would be a package that includes Heliot Ramos, Derek Holland, and two more prospects in the 15-25 range.
You could also replace Holland with one of the Giants young starters if that’s what the Nationals prefer. Someone like Andrew Suarez, Christ Stratton, or Ty Blach.
It’s still unrealistic, but trading for Harper could give this team and the lineup the boost we’ve been waiting on all year.