Randy Miller, New York Yankees beat writer for NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, broke the story with an early-morning tweet. Jon Heyman of MLB Network followed up by reporting the Giants met with the superstar outfielder, and Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reported "it is believed" the meeting included CEO Larry Baer, general manager Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy. Chris Russell of Washington's 106.7 The Fan specified the meeting with Harper went down Monday night in his hometown of Las Vegas.
In an appearance Wednesday with “Joe, Lo & Dibs,” Miller detailed how his scoop came about. Miller said he heard the speculation after digging into the report that the Giants and Yankees might look into swapping the contracts of Jacoby Ellsbury and Johnny Cueto.
Ellsbury, like Harper, is represented by super agent Scott Boras. While it has long been presumed that Harper was looking to shatter Giancarlo’s record-setting $325 million deal, the narrative is shifting, according to Miller.
Logically, Miller’s information would appear to be coming from Boras, who could be trying to boost the market for his supremely talented but surprisingly unpopular client.
“I think the Giants now are looking at the Padres going in and the White Sox going in, thinking, ‘Maybe we can get him on a contract that’s maybe a short term,’” Miller said on 95.7 The Game. “I’m hearing that Harper may be interested in a two- or three-year deal now.
“There may be some things changing down the road that allow him to become a free agent (when) there may be better offers down the road.
“So, I’m thinking that if he signs maybe a four- or five-year deal, he’s going to have a couple of outs. But, there’s certainly mutual interest. Harper lives in Las Vegas. Vegas isn’t that far from (San Francisco).
“I’ve heard that if he didn’t go back to the Nationals that his preference was to go to the Giants or the Dodgers. And it looks like it’s possible now and the Giants certainly have a fit with the outfield fit that they have.”