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Buster Posey on Giants potentially getting Bryce Harper: 'Sign him up'

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Buster Posey on Giants potentially getting Bryce Harper: 'Sign him up'

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Buster Posey has been part of the recruiting process for big-time free agents. He met with Jon Lester a few weeks before the lefty signed with the Cubs, and last season he was part of the contingent that flew to Los Angeles to woo Shohei Ohtani. 

Posey was not part of the small group that met with Bryce Harper this week, and he said he has not done any recruiting on his own. 

“I really haven’t,” he said, “Maybe it is superstition, because every time I seem to reach out, they go somewhere else.”

Still, there are other ways to make your feelings known outside of meetings and text messages. Posey did Friday when asked about Harper for the first time.

“Yeah,” he said quickly. “Sign him up."

Posey is generally not one to make waves, but it was notable that he retweeted a Bob Nightengale tweet earlier this week complaining about Adam Jones’ ongoing status as a free agent. The two were part of Team USA during the last World Baseball Classic and Posey has played on All-Star teams with Harper. 

When discussing free agency Friday, Posey made it clear that he would like additions. He turns 32 this spring, after all. 

“What team out there wouldn’t want a Bryce Harper, a Manny Machado, or a lot of the free agents out there?” Posey said. “As players, from the time you were five years old, you aspire to play against the best competition, whether it’s in your Little League game, high school, college, and the big league level. I think, as a fan myself, and fans that come to the game or watch on TV, I want when the Giants are playing X, Y or Z, fans to say, ‘You know what? We’re going to get the best competition. We know we’re going to get to see a great game tonight.’”

“We’ve got to figure out a way that each game, fans have the feeling that the competition is at its highest."

Posey was asked often about free agency on Friday. He’s one of the biggest stars in the game, and as players begin to prepare for the next round of collective bargaining, you can bet that guys like Posey will make their voices heard. The players want change, but they’ll have to wait.

For now, Posey hopes he won’t have to wait to see changes to his current roster. 

There has been no Andrew McCutchen this winter, or Evan Longoria. Another Johnny Cueto has not walked through that clubhouse door. The group that gathered Friday morning at AT&T Park was just about exactly the same as the one that walked out at the end of the 2018 season. Thus far, the front office has guaranteed only about $10 million to free agents.

[RELATED: Zaidi: Harper, Giants have 'mutual interest']

Perhaps Harper won’t be the addition. But Posey hopes to see one of some sort. 

“I’ve always felt very fortunate to be a part of an organization that tries to put a team on the field that has a chance to make the playoffs, to just get in and have that chance to compete in October,” he said. “I sure hope that’s still the case. That’s all I can hope for is that that still is the case.”

MLB rumors: Manny Machado, Padres agree to contract in free agency

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MLB rumors: Manny Machado, Padres agree to contract in free agency

Manny Machado has his new home. After spending 66 games with the Dodgers last season, he's reportedly staying in the NL West. 

Machado and the Padres have reportedly agreed to a deal, according to multiple reports. And the bank is officially open in San Diego. 

The Padres are signing Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. 

Jeff Passan of ESPN was first to report the news. 

More to come... 

Bruce Bochy recounts his favorite memories from tenure as Giants manager

Bruce Bochy recounts his favorite memories from tenure as Giants manager

"Even though I'm retiring, I'm looking forward to one more shot."

The Giants' world was rocked Monday, when Bruce Bochy announced that this coming season would be his last as manager for San Francisco. It had been on Bochy's mind for some time, and he thought it best to have everyone on the same page heading into what will be his final season in the dugout.

"It was important for me to tell them that, and really to get it out," Bochy told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez during an exclusive interview following his announcement. "So I could be honest with everybody and get it behind us and it wouldn't be a distraction for myself, Farhan (Zaidi), Larry (Baer), the team ... everybody. We can concentrate on baseball."

Suddenly, the 2019 season has taken on a whole new meaning for the Giants. Yes, a return to contention after the last two dismal years is certainly high on the list of goals. But now, each time they take the field, there's going to be an element of, 'Win one for the skipper' to it.

There are bound to be numerous pit stops along the way at which point Bochy will be honored for his vast contributions to the Giants franchise, including, of course, three World Series titles in a span of five years. Of the nine other former managers in MLB history to win at least three World Series titles, all of them are already in the Hall of Fame. Bochy will surely join them there.

[RELATED: Next stop, Cooperstown: Why Bochy is Baseball Hall lock]

But if it's up to Bochy, those in-season ceremonies will be kept to a minimum. "That's not what this is about," he told Gutierrez.

Whether or not he gets his wish remains to be seen. But no matter what, you can count on a whole lot of reminiscing over the next seven or eight months, depending on how successful Bochy's final season is.

Heck, it's already begun. In their conversation, Bochy was asked about his favorite memories as the Giants' skipper. One immediately came to mind, and for good reason.

"This one's probably pretty obvious, but when I handed the ball to my son coming out of the bullpen, that's a moment I'll never forget."

Outside of specific memories, a constant one that holds a special place in Bochy's heart is the endless support he's received from Giants fans over the last 12 seasons.

[RELATED: Giants' players determined to send Bochy out on high note]

"That was the one constant that I always had and the team always had over my tenure there," Bochy said, "is that they've always been there."

Bochy and the Giants plan to figure out a future role for him with the organization, so it's not as if he'll disappear from AT&...err....Oracle Park altogether. In fact, Bochy doesn't intend to go far at all.

"It's just amazing how well I've been treated up there," Bochy said of San Francisco, "and that's where I'm sure I'm going to end up making my home because that's home for me."