Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Giants' Madison Bumgarner says he won't follow an opener when he pitches

Giants' Madison Bumgarner says he won't follow an opener when he pitches

During an appearance at the San Francisco Giants FanFest on Saturday, Bochy said he received a text from Bumgarner after Farhan Zaidi, the team's new president of baseball operations, said the team might make use of an opener in 2019.

In fact, the Giants are not denying that they just recently met with Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas this week. "We had a good conversation over a few hours, and he's obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest". But beyond that, not really going to have comment on the substance of the meeting beyond that obviously we have interest. But Bumgarner made sure to let his manager Bruce Bochy know that he isn't a fan of baseball's opener trend, popularized by the Tampa Bay Rays past year.

It is quite clear that Harper would be a dramatic upgrade to a Giants outfield that includes Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar and Mac Williamson, who combined for 289 at-bats in 2018.

The San Francisco Giants are reportedly making a late play for prized free agent and former MVP Bryce Harper as the Major League Baseball world prepares for spring training. But that was before the San Francisco Giants threw their hat into the ring.

"There's something to be said for having that kind of leadership and experience", shortstop Brandon Crawford said about adding Harper, a six-time All-Star.

Buster Posey and the Giants have already tasted success in the early half of the decade when the team won three titles in five years.

Spring Training begins on February 21.

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