However, it sounds like Nightengale thinks the Giants have the edge.
The great unknown in the chase for Bryce Harper is what, exactly, it will take to get his signature on a contract.
Really, no one knows except maybe Harper himself, and he's being stingy with the details. Harper is seeking a massive contract in free agency, but the 10 year, $300-$400 million offers don't seem to be there.
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The report of an eight-year, $250 million offer he got from the White Sox might not be accurate, according to Fancred Sports. Bonds meant so much to the Giants back then, and (Harper) wants to be that guy now. But one reporter suggested to Wilson that everyone keep track to make sure Harper doesn't start following any stars from the Philadelphia Flyers or San Jose Sharks: "So if he starts following Claude Giroux and Joe Thornton, we'll have problems?"
"What their game plan is is they'll probably offer a 5-6 year deal at good money".
The Phillies have been linked to both Harper and Machado the most of any teams, which is the main reason they are right on the cusp of jumping into the title mix among the top four. "It's a two-team race here".
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The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned for Harper, too, though Nightengale believes they're out.
And the Major League Baseball expert believes the main draw to join the Giants for Harper is the proximity between his potential new employers and his hometown of Las Vegas.
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