Highly sought free agent outfielder reportedly met with Giants executives this week, putting San Francisco in the mix with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. "But I think our team is pretty much set", Boone said.
Now it's no surprise that adding Harper would make the Giants a significantly better team, but how realistic is the possibility of the team signing him?
One issue though is that the Yankees are already stacked with outfielders, with Judge and Harper playing the same position.
Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com got things going, reporting that the Giants are "making a late play" for Harper, who remains unsigned as spring training edges ever closer. "Wherever he wants to play, we'll make it work ..."
Giancarlo Stanton also factors into the Yankees' outfield plans.
Mavericks trade Barnes to Kings for Randolph, Jackson
It's possible they have $30 million! The cap hit for Sacramento is $24.8 million this season and $25.1 million for 2019-20. In 48 starts for the Mavericks this season, Barnes has averaged 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
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. "From what I understand, the Phillies have the most money to spend". Luckily for me, I will be right about 29 of the teams listed below.
"If he comes over, he makes the team better", Gregorius said. Last year, Harper asked for a $400 million dollar deal over 10 years. There is talk of collusion among owners, rule changes to create a free agent window or spending floor for noncompetitive teams, and a consensus that what was once supposed to be a momentous offseason for baseball has had the opposite effect.
This past week, the hype surrounding Harper reached a tipping point when the popular video game "MLB The Show" released a tweet on Monday saying, "You'll want to keep an eye on this account tomorrow ... just saying".