Bryce Harper will be the hottest name on Major League Baseball's open market this upcoming offseason. The Nationals' star outfielder becomes a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, and teams will unload 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 rivals, the Dodgers.
Bovada officially is giving the Giants the eighth-best odds to land Harper at +1500, six spots behind the Dodgers, who have the second-highest odds at +350.
What team will Bryce Harper sign with this offseason? Odds via @BovadaOfficial:— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) September 19, 2018
Red Sox +900
Giants +1500 pic.twitter.com/1XulxzvOAi
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 homers off the Giants in the 2014 NLDS, with two coming off Strikland. Three years later, Strikland had his revenge on Harper, striking a brawl in San Francisco.
ICYMI - Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland throw punches, benches clear after Strickland hits Harper with a 98 mph fastball. pic.twitter.com/rRpUbusLCF— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) May 29, 2017
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, hitting 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, Harper has been on fire, batting .304 with a 1.004 OPS, 11 more home runs and a .385 BAbip.
The six-time All-Star would bring the power bat that the Giants desperately need. Their home run leaders -- Evan Longoria (16) and Gorkys Hernandez (15) -- have combined for 31, and Harper alone has hit 34, the second-highest mark 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.