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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.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.