"There’s obviously mutual interest on both sides so we thought it made sense to get together,” Zaidi said. “We had a good conversation over a few hours.
"He’s obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest and has some decisions to make, but again, I think it’s fair to say that was an expression of our interest level, to make the trip out there."
The meeting included Zaidi, Giants CEO Larry Baer, manager Bruce Bochy, Harper and his wife, and agent Scott Boras. It reportedly lasted much longer than the team anticipated, notes Pavlovic, and finished with Zaidi talking to Boras on his private jet.
“It was really good to get to know Bryce,” Bochy said. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen but I enjoyed the meeting with him.”
In addition to the Giants, the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and San Diego Padres also expressed interest in the 26-year-old throughout the winter, according to reports.
Harper, a six-time All-Star, hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 2018 for Washington. He won the NL MVP in 2015.