On Sunday it was reported that the San Francisco Giants were “positioning themselves” to offer Bryce Harper a “hefty short-term deal.” This after meeting with Harper last week.
As a strategy it’s not totally unreasonable. If someone was hot to give Harper a big long-term deal the sort of which he’s reportedly looking for he probably would’ve signed it by now. If you’re the Giants — and if you don’t want to go big yourselves — why not make an unconventional offer and see if Harper bites?
That’s a low risk strategy, but it’s apparently a no-reward one, because Jon Heyman reported today that Harper is “not signing — or even considering — short-term deals.” Given Heyman’s historic connection to Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, it’s fair to say that that rejection is coming straight from the horse’s mouth.
Nice try, San Francisco, but up your commitment or bow out of the bidding.
The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher Sean Newcomb on the seven-day concussion list retroactive to Tuesday.
Newcomb was hit in the back of the head by a 102 m.p.h. line drive off the bat of J.T. Realmuto on Saturday night. The ball hit him so hard that it ricocheted to the screen behind the Phillies dugout. Despite that, Newcomb passed post-incident concussion tests and said he felt fine. It can take a little bit for concussion symptoms to become apparent, however, and that’s likely what happened here.
The Braves called up right-hander Huascar Ynoa from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Newcomb’s place on the roster.