It seems ironic, that after a bench-clearing brawl with Giants reliever Hunter Strickland just a year and a half ago, that Bryce Harper could still be the saving grace of a San Francisco team that has missed the postseason for a second straight season. 


Nevertheless, the Giants have one of the weakest and youngest outfields in all of baseball, anchored by the unheralded trio of Mac Williamson, Stephen Duggar, and Austin Slater. Reports indicate that Harper, the crown jewel of this year's free-agent class, has met with San Francisco's top brass in the last few days.  

If the Giants were able to successfully woo Harper away from Philadelphia, Washington, and the Chicago White Sox, who are all believed to be in the mix for the free agent's services, San Francisco could be poised to once again contend in the NL West. 


With the Dodgers reaching two consecutive World Series', and the Padres and Rockies both boasting young cores, the Giants might feel their best chance to contend in the near future involves making Harper their franchise player. In fact, the Giants currently are one of the biggest offseason losers for oddsmakers and have  moved to 100-to-1 for the 2019 World Series.

With rumors of San Diego's interest in Manny Machado, and Colorado's advanced extension talks with Nolan Arenado, San Francisco is suffering to remain a contender in the division, despite winning three World Series titles in the past decade. Building around Harper, a veteran infield helmed by Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria, and a rotation anchored by Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, and Madison Bumgarner, would restore the Giants to the NL West's top two teams. Ultimately, Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the San Francisco brass must decide between a rebuilding period and signing Harper. 


Despite struggling at times last season, Harper finished the season respectably, playing in 159 games to the tune of 34 home runs and 100 RBI, reaching base at an impressive .393 rate. For a "down year", Harper was able to recoup his value towards the end of the season. 


The 26 year-old would certainly slot into the 3rd or 4th spot in Bruce Bochy's order, alongside Longoria and Belt, remaining one of MLB's top players. Longoria and Belt's fantasy values should certainly benefit from a Harper signing, as a result of adding one of the best hitters in baseball into the heart of the batting order. 


Harper should continue to be one of the first players off of the board in any Fantasy draft, despite a potential move to AT&T Park, a relatively pitcher-friendly park. 


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