1 player (Bryce?) makes difference, Baer says

Giants CEO spoke at FanFest event about club's interest in superstar free agent

February 10th, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twenty-seven years after signing Barry Bonds to a then-record free-agent contract, the Giants are in the market for yet another superstar outfielder.
San Francisco's interest in remained a prominent topic of conversation during Saturday's FanFest at Oracle Park, with CEO Larry Baer weighing in on the potential franchise-altering benefits of landing a marquee player.
"The thing that I'm very proud of with the Giants -- and it's not always successful, like it was in '92 with Barry -- we want to be in the deal flow, so to speak," Baer said during a Q&A session under a tent in Seals Plaza. "We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants' fans. Bryce Harper is an amazing player. It's very hard, and these are competitions. I can't handicap it. I don't know where we are, but we're giving it a shot, and that's all we can do."
Baer, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy traveled to Las Vegas for a face-to-face meeting with Harper on Monday. Baer said the meeting lasted four hours, far longer than both sides had initially anticipated.
• Zaidi: 'Mutual interest' between Giants, Harper
"I don't want to make any forecast predictions or anything," Baer said. "What I do know is we've got a lot of different plans. It's a very slow-moving offseason for a lot of reasons, and all I can do is talk about the Giants and our motivations. Our motivations are to get a bunch of guys on this team that are going to get us back to where we've been in recent years, and that is winning rings.
"One player can make a difference."

More Q&A highlights
• Bochy, who is entering the last year of his contract, was asked if he believes this will be his final season managing the Giants.
"We'll see," Bochy said. "I'm really not thinking about that right now, to be honest. My goal right now is to get this team ready. Those things, they'll work out. At this time, I'm not set to say anything, but I love it here. I love what I'm doing. I'm so lucky, and it's a question that you're going to get asked a lot."
• While the Oakland Raiders had been in talks with the Giants to play their 2019 season at Oracle Park, shortstop hinted that the deal now seems unlikely to go through.
"I heard from a good source that it's probably not going to happen," said Crawford, who then pointed at Baer.
Crawford had made it clear on Friday that he would rather not share a field with an NFL team.
"I wouldn't be the biggest fan of that," Crawford said. "I saw what a weekend of rugby did last year. As good as our grounds crew is, the field was probably the worst I'd ever seen it. I can only imagine what an NFL game would do it."