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Sources: Bryce Harper, Giants have discussed 10-year contract

Sources: Bryce Harper, Giants have discussed 10-year contract

All along, the Giants have been viewed as a short-term solution for Bryce Harper. That’s not actually the case. 

The Giants and Harper’s team have discussed a 10-year contract, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. That would match the deal the Padres gave Manny Machado earlier this month and likely give Harper a chance at the record dollar figure he has been seeking. 

Harper turned down a reported $10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals at the end of the season, and the widespread belief since then has been that the Phillies are his best bet at a long-term deal. The Giants met with Harper in early February and were believed back then to be involved in case the slugger sought a short-term deal that would keep him on the West Coast. The Dodgers are thought to be in the same situation. 

But the Giants, who met with Harper again Tuesday, per the San Jose Mercury News, are not afraid of a long-term deal. A year ago, ownership pushed hard for Giancarlo Stanton, and his contract runs through 2027. 

Harper, still just 26, likely would seek opt-outs that would allow him to hit the market again during his prime years. But even then, the Giants view him as an ideal piece to add to a core they believe in. 

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Most of that core is locked into long-term deals, which is why the Giants preferred smaller contracts most of the winter. They have not handed out a deal lasting more than one year thus far, but Harper is a different kind of talent, and if he is in San Francisco long term, the Giants eventually will be able to balance their payroll.

Jeff Samardzija and Mark Melancon come off the books after the 2020 season, and Evan Longoria is the only Giant signed past 2021.

How talk with Barry Bonds helped Giants draft pick Hunter Bishop

How talk with Barry Bonds helped Giants draft pick Hunter Bishop

Despite all the excitement caused by the Giants' blistering hot streak, it's the future that should get fans giddy more than the present.

Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and Marco Luciano all have shown themselves to be worthy of their top-three ranking in the Giants' system, but the newest kid on the block has arrived and has not disappointed.

Hunter Bishop, who the Giants selected with the No. 10 pick in this year's MLB draft, was promoted to Single-A Salem-Keizer on Tuesday and made his debut for the Volcanoes on Wednesday night.

In his second at-bat for the Volcanoes, BIshop blasted a home run over the right-field wall and onto Interstate 5.

Impressive.

Bishop attended Junipero Serra High School and went to college at Arizona State, the same alma maters as baseball legend Barry Bonds. The comparisons to Bonds started the moment the Giants selected Bishop, and the hope is that one day he will be mashing dingers into McCovey Cove the same way Bonds did.

That admittedly is a ton of pressure for anyone to live up to, but Bishop has high hopes for his own career.

"Obviously, the baseball speaks for itself -- he was the best to ever do it," Bishop told MiLB's Katie Woo of Bonds. "I'm not comparing myself to the best, but I'm hoping one day I can be up there with him."

Bishop, however, hasn't looked nervous early on in his professional career. He's slashed .292/.500/.667 with five extra-base hits, four RBI, two stolen bases and six runs scored in six games between the Arizona Rookie League and Salem-Keizer. Perhaps his calmness partly can be attributed to a conversation he had with Bonds. 

"[Barry] was one of my favorite players growing up," Bishop told Woo. "I tried to pick his brain about as much as I possibly could. Just listening to him and his stories, how he's dealt with certain situations, it was really cool.

"Everything stuck out to me, but more than anything was his approach to the game and how his mentality was so calm. I like to say 'slow the game down' and he's the epitome of that."

As for his Volcanoes debut, Bishop also singled and came around to score on a base hit by second-round pick Logan Wyatt in Salem-Keizer's 7-2 win over Boise.

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Bishop wasn't expecting to go yard in his first game, but he'll obviously take it.

"I wasn't expecting to hit a home run," Bishop said with a laugh. "I was expecting to go out there and hit something hard. I'm not surprised, but I'm definitely happy it was a home run."

It's early in all of their professional careers, but Bart, Ramos, Luciano and now Bishop are giving Giants fans a ton of hope for the future of the organization.

Giants' Mike Yastrzemski gets hot in Denver after nearly being demoted

Giants' Mike Yastrzemski gets hot in Denver after nearly being demoted

DENVER -- Nobody played more innings at Coors Field this week than Mike Yastrzemski, who started and finished both ends of a doubleheader Monday before going the distance in the final two games of the Giants' impressive sweep over the Rockies. 

It was impressive, particularly because Yastrzemski wasn't supposed to be in Denver at all. 

Faced with a roster crunch and a need for pitching, the Giants nearly optioned Yastrzemski back to Triple-A on Sunday. But then Alex Dickerson's back tightened up, Yastrzemski found himself back in the lineup, and he took off from there.

"It's not really up to me to make those decisions," Yastrzemski said. "But it freed me up to go out and play more aggressive and make something happen."

Yastrzemski certainly did so. He had two hits in Wednesday's 11-8 win over the Rockies and finished the four-game series with nine hits, six runs and seven RBI. Yastrzemski homered twice, getting to seven on the year. 

The four-game series was a rough one for the players physically. It was hot throughout and 95 degrees at first pitch on Wednesday. The oxygen tank in the dugout got plenty of use. 

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Yastrzemski, like everyone else, was tired by the end. He was also smiling. 

"The legs are heavy, but after a good win they feel a lot lighter," he said. "Especially after a sweep like that. You kind of forget how your body is feeling when you're doing well."