The Giants have declined to speak too in-depth about the meeting with Harper.
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.More news: Toys R Us poising itself for a comeback
After the Giants' new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters in December he could embrace an "opener" strategy, Bumgarner reportedly shot a quick, firm text to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. "We had a good conversation over a few hours". All of which means that there will probably be many more twists and turns to come before Harper makes a final decision. "What team out there wouldn't want a Bryce Harper, a Manny Machado, a lot of the free agents?" He reportedly declined a 10-year, $300 million offer to stay with the Nationals last September, so it stands to reason that he would hold out for a better offer.
According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, Harper talked about how much he likes Giants catcher Buster Posey during the meeting.More news: Ex-White House aide who wrote critical book sues Trump
The Giants clearly have money they are willing to spend. If so, the Giants could very well be in play.
"Having kind of a face-to-face meeting gives you kind of a different level of being able to engage", said Zaidi. He's obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest.More news: Scott Morrison suffers historic defeat as Labor and crossbench pass medevac bill
With the Giants entering the discussion, we know there are at least five teams in the running for Harper. However, San Francisco's interest should not be dismissed. 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.