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Bryce Harper, please come play for the Giants: An open letter and plea

Bryce Harper, please come play for the Giants: An open letter and plea

Hey Bryce, what’s ⬆️? Not 2 much here, j/c.

I know you're really busy right now with the whole making a really big life decision and all, and I get that -- but I also want you to make sure you've written a pros-and-cons list for signing with the Giants -- then threw that list away and read this note.

I figured if you were to sign with the Giants, it wouldn't be at the FanFest that took place Saturday. And, oh my gosh, did you read the tweet that NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic sent out about it?

So funny. We're funny people here in the Bay. I say "we," like I should talk. I'm still new. I'm from Nevada -- oh my gosh, aren't you, too?

That's also funny.

But it's a great baseball city -- you come to realize that rather quickly.

Anywho ...

You once tweeted how much you love playing in San Francisco. And despite it being a pitcher's park, I know you'll be fine offensively here.

OK, I'll get this out of the way: The splits for you at what formerly was known as AT&T Park aren't great. A .164/.305./284 line when playing in San Francisco. Don't get mad at me for putting those numbers out there. I just want to make sure those are public and on the table, before someone else decides to fill your mentions with nonsense, er -- more nonsense. 

That being said, the atmosphere at Oracle Park (you'll get used to the name change, too -- I promise) is unlike any other. Sure, I've never taken a hack on a Major League Baseball field that would count for anything, but walking up to the park, seeing those palm trees covered in lights and being introduced to the cove is something else. 

Your possible future teammates? Well:

This city absolutely loves sports, and you would give them hope again and make them excited.  

There is a lot more I can babble on about, but I don't want to creep you out. Plus, I think my boss is looking at me, so I've g2g.

C'mon ... DO IT.

Oh, and @rockclimberadd reminded me of the really yummy garlic fries.

OK, bye!

MLB trade deadline predictions: 10 deals that could happen amid rumors

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MLB trade deadline predictions: 10 deals that could happen amid rumors

It sure seems like the MLB trade deadline is going to be one of two things: mind-blowingly crazy, or mind-numbingly underwhelming.

There are two primary reasons for this. First, the vast majority of the league is stuck in no man's land, oscillating between varying degrees of buyer and seller status. Entering Monday's games, only the Yankees and Dodgers hold division leads of six games or more, and only seven teams in the league sit more than seven games out of a playoff spot. So, it's really bunched in the middle.

Also, in years past, teams could still combine for transactions after the trade deadline passed all the way up to the end of August, but that's not the case any longer. In a rule change that was adopted this season, there is now a single non-waiver deadline on July 31, thereby forcing teams to determine their buyer or seller status far earlier than they used to.

So, if you're feeling like you have no idea what to expect, don't worry, you're not alone. Since the crazy option is far more entertaining than the underwhelming one, here are predictions for where some of the biggest names land at the trade deadline.

CLICK TO SEE WHERE SYNDERGAARD, BUMGARNER AND THE REST WILL LAND AT THE DEADLINE

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

The Giants have three relievers whom other MLB teams covet.

Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson all have been mentioned in trade rumors this month. But a problem has come up.

The Giants broke out of the All-Star break on fire and have put themselves in the middle of the NL wild-card race. Their hot streak almost certainly will delay Farhan Zaidi's decision to buy or sell.

If Zaidi is forced to wait, the market could be flooded with options for teams, driving down the price.

As ESPN's Buster Olney writes, that could hurt the return the Giants receive for Smith, Watson and/or Dyson:

"Some executives believe that by the time we get to the last hours before the trade deadline, there will be a lot of starting pitchers and relievers available, and if that's the case, then it could depress the possible return that the Giants or any other seller would get. It's possible, one evaluator indicated, that if San Francisco decided to unload some relievers, it might get offered Grade C prospects."

Zaidi reportedly had hoped to use the trio of relievers and ace Madison Bumgarner to replenish the Giants' farm system. But now, it's not certain that the Giants will be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. If they do indeed decide to sell, it most likely will come after their two upcoming series with the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres.

[RELATED: Bumgarner could reject trade to stay]

But by then, it might be too late for Zaidi to acquire the top prospects he covets.