Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner not a fan of 'openers'

Annette Crawford
February 12, 2019

Now another team is joining the circus and it appears that they are serious about landing the superstar slugger.

Unsurprisingly, Farhan Zaidi, the San Francisco Giants president of baseball ops, fielded no shortage of Bryce Harper related questions at the club's media day at Oracle Park on Friday afternoon.

"We have to think a little because of the uncertainty we have from a health standpoint", Zaidi told the Mercury News.

In fact, the Giants are not denying that they just recently met with Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas this week. "We had a good conversation over a few hours, and he's obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest". But beyond that, not really going to have comment on the substance of the meeting beyond that obviously we have interest. All of which means that there will probably be many more twists and turns to come before Harper makes a final decision.

During a Q&A session at Saturday's FanFest, manager Bruce Bochy revealed that Bumgarner texted him during the Winter Meetings after learning that the Giants were considering using openers this season. Bochy called the meeting "great". As it now stands, the Giants will enter spring training with Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, and Austin Slater as their projected starters. The Giants' big addition in 2018 was Andrew McCutchen, who had a.772 OBP in San Francisco and was dealt at the end of August.

At the moment, the Giants seemed to be competing with the Padres, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox.

Unlike some of the other teams in the race to sign Harper, the Giants have a genuine need in their outfield.

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