Rumor Roundup: Harper Won’t Settle for Short Term Deal

Harper Not Considering Short Term Deal 

As Jon Heyman of Fancred tweeted out yesterday, free agent mega star outfielder, Bryce Harper will only sign a long term deal, despite recent rumors of short term offers made by teams.

Harper was most recently linked to the San Francisco Giants, who seem to be one of the most likely fits, as they are in desperate need of outfield help. Giants brass met with Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas last week, where they “enjoyed” getting to know him, while ultimately expressing their interest, which is reportedly “mutual” per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports.

The Philadelphia Phillies were also deemed as the front runner to land Harper in the past few weeks, but this noise has somewhat quieted down since their acquisition of All-Star Catcher, JT Realmuto via trade.

Although it is still unclear which of the Giants, Phillies, or any other mystery team will land the 26-year-old superstar, what is evident is that it is going to take a multi-year deal of at least 7-8 years (as far as possible below his 10-year asking price) and cost a historical amount of money.

Giants Add An Outfielder

The San Francisco Giants have finally added to their weak outfield depth by signing veteran Gerardo Parra to a minor league deal, per Heyman.

Despite not receiving a major league contract, Parra certainly has a strong chance to crack the Giants opening day roster, along with competing for a starting job due to the lack of experience they currently have in all three spots. The soon to be 32-year-old Parra spent the last three seasons with the Colorado Rockies averaging a solid .282/.318/.407 stat line, with a wRC+ of 76 in 359 games.

The left-handed hitting outfielder chooses to stay in the NL West, which is a division he is very familiar with due to the fact that he has spent 8 1/2 out of his 10 career seasons here, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies throughout this period. Parra now looks to sustain his offensive success with a division rival of his two former clubs, in the Giants.

Marlins Sign Romo 

The Miami Marlins have signed relief pitcher, Sergio Romo to a one year deal worth $2.5 million plus incentives, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, was the first to report discussions between the two sides yesterday afternoon.

Romo had been drawing interest from several teams including the Toronto Blue Jays, who allegedly made him an offer recently, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, but the veteran reliever ultimately chose Miami, as his preferred destination. Some additional ball clubs that were in on the reliever include the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers, as Morosi noted.

The 35-year-old did it all for the Tampa Bay Rays last season recording 25 saves as their closer and striking out 75 batters to go along with his 4.14 ERA, 4.04 FIP, and 1.262 WHIP in 67.1 innings. He also made his first five career starts via the “opener” method, where only relievers are used throughout the game.

In nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Romo helped the team win three World Series titles, where he piled up a combined 84 saves over that span.

As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com noted, the Marlins were also looking in on right-handed relievers, Adam Warren and Nick Vincent before choosing Romo. The club has now fulfilled a portion of their offseason plan to sign a veteran reliever to complement their young bullpen.

Machado Offer Still Unknown

As Heyman also noted yesterday, the original offer reportedly made to shortstop, Manny Machado by the Chicago White Sox for eight years, $250 million is not accurate.

While it is still unknown what the actual number is, Heyman says the belief is that it is somewhere between both previously rumored offers of $175 and $250 million, but right now there is no evidence that would make this factual, only speculation.

The Philadelphia Phillies also remain candidates to land Machado, although their interest seems to be fading in the shortstop as the weeks progress. The New York Yankees have also been reported as monitoring his market and hoping for his price to drop, but this appears to be unlikely, as well due to the firm belief that he plans on taking the highest offer out there.

Red Sox Looking To Trade A Catcher For SP Depth 

According to Sean McAdam of The Boston Sports Journal, The Boston Red Sox are reportedly looking to deal one of their three catchers in Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart, and Sandy Leon in hopes to receive help in their starting rotation, although they have currently not been linked to any pitchers on the trade market.

This rumor comes as no surprise after President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski made it clear last month that the team has no desire to carry all three catchers on their 25 man roster.

It seems as though the club’s plan is to give Swihart a “legitimate” shot this spring to become the starter. The 26-year-old was a first-round pick of the Sox back in 2011 and showed promise in his rookie year in 2015, where he put up a .274/.319/.392 line with a wRC+ of 93. Despite these solid numbers, Swihart has struggled since his debut season averaging a measly .229/.359/.294 with a combined wRC+ of 85.

Posada Joins Marlins Front Office

Former New York Yankees five time World Series winning catcher, Jorge Posada is expected to be hired by the Miami Marlins to fulfill a role as special advisor to the department of baseball operations, per Craig Mish of Sirius XM.

Posada spent all 17 of his seasons with the Yankees as a teammate to his close friend and former star shortstop, Derek Jeter, who is now the CEO of the Marlins. This move comes as no surprise given Posada’s current Miami residency, along with reports that he spent a significant amount of time with Jeter at Marlins games last season, whom he has deep ties with.

Posada and Jeter made up half of the legendary “core four” of the bronx bombers, which also included pitchers, Andy Pettitte and recent and only unanimous Hall of Famer, Mariano Rivera. Posada posted a career 42.8 WAR and .868 OPS, which ranks 4th best all time among catchers. He also slugged 275 home runs and drove in 1065 RBI, while averaging a career wRC+ of 123.

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