Oct 7, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game two of the 2017 NLDS at Nationals Park. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have been one of baseball’s more aggressive teams this offseason, but this may only serve as a prelude to an even bigger splash a year from now.

A source told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Giants are expected to be a part of the Harper sweepstakes if and when he hits the open market next winter. The Dodgers, Yankees, Phillies, and his current team, the Washington Nationals, are also expected to be factors.

Giants GM Bobby Evans wouldn’t be drawn into such speculation, saying it was “too early to tell” and “hard to speculate.”

A move out west could appeal to Harper, who was born in and still resides in Las Vegas.

The Giants tried and came close to grabbing Giancarlo Stanton via trade this winter, but the outfielder didn’t want to move to San Francisco and blocked the deal. Perhaps they’d have better luck with Harper, though he’d be even more expensive financially than Stanton would have been.

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