Giants' Chances Landing Bryce Harper Strengthen, Phillies No Longer Favorites

I sure hope you're not sick of Bryce Harper updates, yet. 

The latest chatter surrounding the Giants had the team discussing a 10-year contract with the six-time All-Star

With that being said, the Dodgers and the Phillies are the other two teams to offer long-term deals. But Philly may no longer be the favorites, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. And the Dodgers keep Harper's attention with a higher annual salary, but not that decade-long deal he wants.

More annual earnings is certainly intriguing, and after the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock to a four-year, $60 million contract last month, most of us didn't think an additional outfielder would be considered. But when it comes to Harper, teams will make room both on the roster, and monetarily. Plus, this signing would eliminate D-backs' ace Zack Greinke's $34.3 million average salary.

Oh ... tempting. 

Plus -- can you imagine how that outfield would look with Joc Pederson, Pollock, Cody Bellinger, and Harper? Yes, I'm aware that's four outfielders, but imagine having someone like Bellinger or Enrique Hernandez as just "options." Or picture watching Harper hit bombs at Oracle Park ... while wearing blue ... AGAINST THE GIANTS.

It would also mirror something out of a made-for-TV movie where the hotshot, young ball player finds his way to Hollywood and there would be palm trees and Harper would wear a white business jacket with shoulder pads.

I digress ...

The Dodgers is not the team that needs him. It remains the Giants, and it will remain the Giants until he signs with them and even if he doesn't go the San Francisco route.

Taking out the fact that the Orange and Black outfield is very young and inexperienced at the moment, Harper could bring spice and pozzaz to a team that is, well -- none of those things. And who wouldn't want to be part of a dynasty? 

[RELATED: Bruce Bochy 'it's close' on Harper]

The Phillies are no longer the favorite and the Dodgers don't want to offer him longevity. There is only one option left.

Stay tuned ... 

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