Is the interest mutual between Harper and Giants?

Ben Krimmel
February 09, 2019 - 2:39 pm
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Bryce Harper and the San Francisco Giants? There is "obviously mutual interest on both sides," said San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi.

The Giants, who met with Harper earlier this week, joined the ranks of known teams poking around the free agent slugger.

"It's kind of hard to deny when your CEO gets made in the casino," Zaidi told the media Friday. "There's obviously mutual interest on both sides, so we thought it made sense to get together. We had a good conversation over a few hours, and he's obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest. He's going to have some decisions to make."

"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," Zaidi said.

Fans of the Washington Nationals shouldn't lose hope of a reunion yet as Harper signing anywhere looks far from imminent. 

According to Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic, Harper and his agent Scott Boras are very willing to wait for ballclubs to put significant offers on the table. 

Rosenthal reports Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reisendorf is content with waiting to avoid a bidding war. as he doesn't want to set the market with an offer to Harper or free agent Manny Machado. This is the same strategy the Philadelphia Phillies are taking, knowing they can match or exceed any offer for both of the prized 26-year-old free agents. 

Of course, neither Harper or Machado want to be the one who signs first and miss out on being the last big fish on the market. And so baseball waits.

But the Phillies aren't waiting to put themselves in a better position for the season after adding all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto this week via a trade with the Miami Marlins. 

This move clearly shows the Phillies are ready to make a World Series push now and have made themselves a more attractive home for Harper.

The Realmuto trade also puts pressure on the Nationals. 

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports Nats "ownership may feel obligated to match (or come very close to)" Philadelphia's contract offer "if they believe Harper is on the verge of signing with the Phillies," per a source with knowledge of Washington's thinking

But this may only be the case if Harper is close to signing with the Nationals' NL East rival. 

The Nationals reportedly offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million deal before free agency began and have met with Harper several times since. 

While Harper and Macho remain unsigned, Giants catcher Buster Posey is glad to see a team willing to compete, echoing the words of Nats' closer Sean Doolittle.

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