SF Giants Met With Bryce Harper After Sides Had Mutual Interest

Giants SP Madison Bumgarner Tells Bruce Bochy He Won't Pitch After Opener

"We thought it made sense to get together", Zaidi said Friday.

Inserting Harper into the Giants would also provide an immediate marketing boost to a team that has been below.500 the last two seasons. With Harper's suitors reportedly down to four teams, it seemed like we were getting close.

During an appearance at Giants fanfest Saturday, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said he received a text from Madison Bumgarner after Farhan Zaidi, the new president of baseball operations, said the team might make use of an opener. But that was before the San Francisco Giants threw their hat into the ring. All of which means that there will probably be many more twists and turns to come before Harper makes a final decision.

When the San Diego Padres recently threw their hats into the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes it was a sign that this weird free-agent offseason was even stranger than most baseball observers could have imagined. These teams have been reluctant to offer Harper the contract he is looking for, but a one-year, no-strings attached contract may be an enticement.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge recently said he would change positions if Harper signed with NY. Obviously, those factors won't matter to Harper personally. If so, the Giants could very well be in play. "Can't exactly deny that the meeting happened". But beyond that, not really going to have comment on the substance of the meeting beyond that obviously we have interest. "You don't make a trip out there to meet with a player just for show". It's hard to tell where they rank compared to perceived favorites like the Phillies and White Sox. 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.

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