Giants emerge as odds-on favorites to sign Bryce Harper

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By Al Saracevic

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The Giants have emerged as odds-on favorites to sign Bryce Harper, baseball’s biggest free agent this offseason.

According to the online gambling service BetOnline, the Giants are now even money to land the talented Harper, a six-time All-Star and former MVP who last played for the Washington Nationals.

Here’s how the line stacks up, according to a release from the betting site:

“Who will sign Bryce Harper for the 2019 MLB Season?

San Francisco Giants 1/1

San Diego Padres 5/2

Philadelphia Phillies 4/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2

Washington Nationals 10/1”

There’s certainly plenty of smoke surrounding a possible deal.

Giants management confirmed they met with Harper recently in Las Vegas. The team’s new GM, Farhan Zaidi said there was “mutual interest” between the two sides.

Giants’ mainstay Buster Posey is all for it, saying “sign him up.”

Even Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said he’d love to see Harper in a Giants uniform ... even though Kerr is a Dodgers fan.

  • Giants emerge as odds-on favorites to sign Bryce Harper

    FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pointing to the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs, in Washington. As the start of spring training approaches, the Washington Nationals are waiting right along with the rest of the world to find out where Harper will be playing next season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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    FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pointing to the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader

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    Photo: Nick Wass / Associated Press
Photo: Nick Wass / Associated Press

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pointing to the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs, in Washington. As the start of spring training approaches, the Washington Nationals are waiting right along with the rest of the world to find out where Harper will be playing next season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pointing to the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader

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Photo: Nick Wass / Associated Press

Harper, who reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million deal from Washington last season, joins Manny Machado as the two biggest names in what’s been a very slow-moving free agency market for baseball.

What are the odds that the Giants speed things up?

Al Saracevic is Sports Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @alsaracevic