The Giants' first spring training workout for position players is in less than two weeks. Will a former NL MVP not named Buster Posey join them?
We're six days into Februrary and Bryce Harper still remains on the open market. Perhaps that won't be for much longer.
A source has told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic that the Giants met with Harper this week. It's believed that Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy were part of the contingent that flew to meet with Harper.
Randy Miller of NJ.com reported earlier Wednesday morning that the Giants were "back in the mix" on Harper.
Signing Harper would certainly be a shift in strategies for Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the Giants' front office. As Pavlovic reported in November, the Giants' interest in Harper was far overblown, especially once Zaidi became the team's new president of baseball operations.
"We're shocked" by some of the rumors, one person said, noting that Harper would have to "really, really want to come" to San Francisco and pass on more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.
Harper and his super agent Scott Boras have been believed to be aiming for a contract well over $300 million. As we've seen in Zaidi's past and in the start to his Giants tenure, that doesn't fit his style.
But while the Giants, along with many other MLB teams, have been quiet this offseason, perhaps they have been doing their homework and have been in touch with Harper behind closed doors. The closer we get to spring training, the more of a mystery this "hot" stove has become.
The 26-year-old Harper hasn't been shy about his love for San Francisco, too. Never mind how hard it is to be a home-run hitter at Oracle Park, he has shown how fondness for The City multiple times on social media.
Harper is a six-time All-Star as a member of the Washington Nationals and won the 2015 NL MVP when he hit .330 with 42 home runs and a 1.109 OPS. In 2018, he hit a career-low .249, but hit .300 in the second half, and finished the year with 34 home runs and 100 RBI.