Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week and the remaining MLB players will report by next week, but Bryce Harper is still a free agent.
He’s received a lot of attention from prospective teams, but if any of those teams only have short-term deals to offer, Harper isn’t interested, according to MLB Network.
Last week, it was reported that the Giants were very interested in offering Harper a lucrative deal, but it would only be short-term.
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently confirmed the team met with Harper and that there was interest on both sides, but if they aren’t offering a Giancarlo Stanton-type deal, Harper likely will turn them down.
Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract from the Nationals in September, meaning he wants something bigger.
Harper, 26, had a career-low .249 batting average last season, but hit .300 in the second half. The 2018 Home Run Derby winner also had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.
He has spent all seven of his MLB seasons with the Nats.