Evaluating Bryce Harper's potential free-agent landing spots

Evaluating Bryce Harper's potential free-agent landing spots

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Evaluating Bryce Harper's potential free-agent landing spots


San Francisco Giants

This isn’t shocking, but the Giants need some help on offense. They finished with a team wRC+ of 82 this year, which was the worst in baseball. That happened after prioritizing offense last winter since they finished tied for last in the same department in 2017.

San Francisco’s outfield production was especially putrid, slashing .238/.307/.363 with an 84 wRC+ and 0.1 fWAR as a group. Steven Duggar will most likely get an opportunity to play center field every day, but the corner spots could be up for grabs with Mac Williamson and Gorkys Hernandez penciled in at the moment.

Although the organization showed a willingness to take on a huge contract last year by pursuing Giancarlo Stanton, that front office regime is gone. Farhan Zaidi is the new president of baseball operations, and it’s yet to be determined if he’d want to immediately put a financial commitment like this on the books. After all, it’s not like the Giants are one player away from competing in the National League West.

The need for Harper’s bat is certainly there, but we won’t know if the Giants will be seriously interested until there’s a clear view on their plan moving forward.

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