Scenarios: Bryce To Giants
MLB.COM - It's unclear how close San Francisco might be to actually landing Bryce Harper, but, let's examine how such a scenario would look. From 2009-16, the Giants finished above .500 all but once, racked up the fifth-most wins of any MLB team, made the postseason four times, and captured three World Series championships. But that run has come to a screeching halt. San Francisco's .423 winning percentage over the past two seasons is tied for fifth-lowest in MLB.
Enter new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, poached from the rival Dodgers soon after the World Series. And now, perhaps, enter Bryce Harper? • The latest Harper free-agent rumors The Giants are one of the few teams known to be involved in the pursuit of the free-agent outfielder. Zaidi, CEO Larry Baer and manager Bruce Bochy traveled to Las Vegas earlier this month to meet with Harper, and at the team's Fan Fest, Baer called Harper "an amazing player," and said, "We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants' fans.
Where would he play? The Giants have a lot of outfield options now, but all of them are either unproven younger players or veterans in spring camp on Minor League deals. The 40-man roster features Steven Duggar, Rule 5 pick Drew Ferguson, Alen Hanson, Austin Slater, Chris Shaw, and Mac Williamson. None has played even 100 total big league games as an outfielder. Zaidi therefore has brought in experienced non-roster reinforcements, including Craig Gentry, Cameron Maybin and Gerardo Parra. That’s a lot of question marks, in both the short term and long term. Adding Harper would take care of at least one outfield spot for the foreseeable future.