Giants president on Bryce Harper: ‘There’s obviously mutual interest’

Ruben Hill
February 12, 2019

During an appearance at the San Francisco Giants FanFest on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy mentioned that he received a text from the team's ace after new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the team might make use of an opener. The extent of their interest is not known.

Madison Bumgarner's thoughts on the opener movement that hit Major League Baseball during the 2018 season are about what you would expect: he is extremely not a fan.

The Giants have declined to speak too in-depth about the meeting with Harper.

Additionally, the Giants were left "very impressed" by Harper after the meeting, according to Jon Heyman. Harper would fill an immediate need in right field and enhance a lineup that right now is a mix of aging veterans and rising young players. But that was before the San Francisco Giants threw their hat into the ring.

Spring Training begins on February 21. An offer was reportedly not made during the meeting, and it's unclear if Harper would be willing to sign a short-term deal, as opposed to the 10-year contract he's reportedly been pursuing.

However, that approach though would seem to move Harper away from a team like the Giants, who have not contended in recent years, and be a tactic that might bring teams like the Yankees or the Dodgers back to the table. It also stands to reason that the Giants have the payroll flexibility to offer Harper a comparable contract. Others conclude that he might take a one-year deal in hopes of hitting a more robust market next winter. "He's going to have some decisions to make, but again, I think it's fair to say that was an expression of our interest level to make the trip out there and meet with him".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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