Frankly so would have everyone that had any sense, but here we are.
After struggling the last two seasons, managing just 73 wins in 2018 and 64 in 2017, the Giants may not be considered a strong fit for Harper, who is looking to play for a pennant contender. Coming off consecutive losing seasons, the Giants badly could use Harper, as their current outfield situation includes five unproven no names: Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Chris Shaw, Mike Gerber and Drew Ferguson. Adding Harper to this group would be an insurmountable addition, and give the Giants a pretty nice top of their batting order.
And even though Harper hasn't indicated this happens to be the case, the Phillies know the Padres have been added to the competition list over potential teams they have to worry about signing the star outfielder once he does finally decide to make a choice. Well, first we have to look at the payroll side of things. Who will offer them the max contract they think they deserve? That same morning, a friend of mine at work said he heard someone on 94 WISP call in and say that Nick Foles had sold his house to Harper over the weekend.
After the Dodgers signed outfielder AJ Pollack, they will not sign Harper. Despite being that, he hasn't signed over the past several months since the end of the World Series in October. Essentially, the team has ways to be flexible with their money.
Mavericks trade Harrison Barnes to Kings for Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph
He will join a Sacramento team (28-26) on the cusp of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Barnes was on the bench for Dallas at the time as they beat the Charlotte Hornets 99-93.
Scott Boras, the agent for Harper, told the San Francisco Chronicle during the general manager meetings in early November that the Giants are a "perfect fit" for his client. Last year, Harper asked for a $400 million dollar deal over 10 years.
Former New York Mets' general manager and current Major League Baseball analyst Steve Phillips seems to think that's the case. The real question is, do the Giants believe Harper is a once-in-a-generation talent that is worth breaking the bank for?