Bryce Harper will be the hottest name on the open market this upcoming offseason. The Nationals star outfielder becomes a free agent at the end of the 2018 season and teams will be unloading their wallets to sign the former NL MVP.
One team rumored to be in on Harper is the Giants. According to Las Vegas, though, the Giants' odds of signing Harper aren't great. In fact, they're far worse than their biggest rival, the Dodgers.
Bovada is officially giving the Giants the eighth-best odds to land Harper at +15000, six spots behind the Dodgers who have the second-highest odds at +350.
Through his seven-year career, Harper already has quite the history with the Giants. Well, most notably, with Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. Harper hit three home runs off the Giants in the 2014 NLDS, two coming off Strikland. Three years later, Strikland had his revenge on Harper, striking a brawl in San Francisco.
Harper is the rare free agent who hits the open market at such a young age. He turns just 26 years old on Oct. 16 despite playing seven years in the big leagues.
In his walk-year with Washington, Harper had quite the underwhelming start. Harper hit just .214 in the first half with an .833 OPS. He did, however, smash 23 home runs and his low batting average had much to do with a .226 BAbip. In the second half, Haper has been on fire, batting .304 with a 1.004 OPS, 11 more home runs, and a .385 BAbip.
The six-time All-Star brings the power bat that the Giants desperately need. The Giants' top-two home run leaders -- Evan Longoria (16) and Gorkys Hernandez (15) have combined for 31 home runs. Harper alone has hit 34 this season, the second-highest of his career.
Giants CEO Larry Baer has said the front office will "shake it up" with the roster this offseason. Adding Harper would be one strong San Francisco cocktail.