Twenty-seven years after signing Barry Bonds to a then-record free-agent contract, the Giants are in the market for yet another superstar outfielder.
San Francisco's interest in Bryce Harper remained a prominent topic of conversation during Saturday's FanFest at Oracle Park, with CEO Larry Baer weighing in on the potential franchise-altering benefits of landing a marquee player.
"The thing that I'm very proud of with the Giants -- and it's not always successful, like it was in '92 with Barry -- we want to be in the deal flow, so to speak," Baer said during a Q&A session under a tent in Seals Plaza. "We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants' fans. Bryce Harper is an amazing player. It's very hard, and these are competitions. I can't handicap it. I don't know where we are, but we're giving it a shot, and that's all we can do."
Baer, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy traveled to Las Vegas for a face-to-face meeting with Harper on Monday. Baer said the meeting lasted four hours, far longer than both sides had initially anticipated.