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Steve Kerr: ‘Bryce [Harper], come to the Giants. Let’s go.’

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On Saturday, before the Golden State Warriors played the Miami Heat on Saturday evening, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about recent rumors linking free agent outfielder Bryce Harper with the Giants.

Kerr said, “That would be fun. I would love it if Bryce Harper came here. Does my opinion count here?” He added, “Bryce, come to the Giants. Let’s go.”

Earlier today, we learned that the Giants plan to make a short-term offer to Harper. Harper’s camp met with the Giants on Monday. The Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, and Padres have all been linked to Harper this offseason and now we can add the Giants into the mix.

The Giants have a projected 40-man roster payroll of $171.5 million, according to Cot’s Contracts, leaving them about $34 million to play with while staying under the competitive balance tax threshold, set at $206 million for the 2019 season.

Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th game as manager

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The Giants handily defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday night, 11-3. The win marked No. 2,000 of manager Bruce Bochy’s storied career, bolstering an already airtight case for the Hall of Fame.

Bochy, 64, is retiring at the end of the season. The skipper began his managerial career in 1995 with the Padres. He led them to the World Series in 1998, but they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the Yankees. Bochy would manage the Padres through 2006, amassing a 951-975 record (.494).

Bochy went to the Giants in 2007, which turned out to be a terrific decision. Bochy’s Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12, and ’14, beating the Rangers (4-1), Tigers (4-0), and Royals (4-3), respectively. Including Wednesday’s win, Bochy has a 1,049-1,047 (.500) record with the Giants.

There have been only 11 managers in baseball history to win at least 2,000 games as a manager. Connie Mack leads overwhelmingly at 3,731, followed by John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,728). Also in the 2,000-win club are Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040), Leo Durocher (2,008), and Bochy.

Next stop, Cooperstown.