The San Francisco Giants and Bryce Harper have met yet again, according to Kerry Crowley of the Mercury News.
After the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies flew to Vegas last week in an attempt to personally close the deal with Bryce Harper, he came away empty handed. And in turn, it was Nolan Arenado who appeared with a big contract, keeping him in the NL West for a few more years at the minimum.
In a matter of 48 hours, the other NL West teams looking to get competitive soon, or stay competitive, made meetings with Harper and Boras. According to Kerry Crowley of the Mercury News, the Giants have put at least one offer on the table, but the terms are unknown at the moment.
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Whether or not anything serious comes of this meeting remains to be seen. Nobody knows when this contract saga will come to an end except for Harper. Whether or not it ends up being the Giants he lands with is also up for debate. Their chances don’t seem too great as the rumors are they didn’t quite go big money, big years for their contract offer.
What’s also unknown is the level of interest the Dodgers have in Harper, and whether or not they’re actually gearing up to make a run at signing him.
If they are, that might light a fire under the Giants to match or go higher than what the Dodgers are willing to offer. If they aren’t, then maybe the Giants are fine with him going to the Phillies.
It’s not clear what made the Giants go for a second meeting with Harper, but I’d hedge a bet that it was either the Dodgers interest, or Nolan Arenado’s extension, or the combination of both.
This all has to come to an end soon though. At some point we’ll finally be done writing articles about Bryce Harper and whether or not he may or may not be coming. But until then, we’re all suckers in this game that Boras and Harper are playing.