Amid ongoing free agency uncertainty comes one more team to the Bryce Harper mix: According to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area, members of the San Francisco Giants’ front office met with Bryce Harper this week in Las Vegas.
The Giants sent Farhan Zaidi, their president of baseball operations, CEO Larry Baer and manager Bruce Bochy to Las Vegas to meet Tuesday with Harper, his wife Kayla, and agent Scott Boras, according to the report.
Harper has not announced his home for the 2019 season with less than a week until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. He reportedly turned down at least $300 million from the Nationals earlier this year.
One source familiar with discussions said the chase for Harper was a “long shot." From NBC Sports Bay Area:
The Giants had quietly targeted Harper over the past couple of years, but they underwent a shift in strategy when Zaidi was hired in November. The new plan was to overhaul the roster incrementally and add to the existing core, but Zaidi is known to be opportunistic, and if Harper’s price truly has dropped, the Giants could find a more suitable deal. Although they have been out of the headlines, they never eliminated Harper as an option.
It’s unclear, of course, if the end price ultimately would be any lower than expected. Harper and Boras went into this offseason hoping to set records, but they have found a market lacking big-market suitors. The Phillies and the White Sox have been connected to Harper throughout the offseason, and at several points, it seemed he was close to joining Philadelphia, with the Nationals thought to be always on the periphery.
Harper has also been connected to the Phillies and Padres and a return to the Nationals in the past month.
Read more at NBC Sports Bay Area.
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