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Cubs May Be Attending Bryce Harper’s Bazaar, Still Trying to Host Kris Bryant’s Carnival

Even as Theo Epstein reiterated the idea that the Cubs would be judicious in free agency, he admitted that nothing is off the table. Which means that even if they don’t currently see a clear path to landing Bryce Harper, they’re absolutely going to buy some peanuts and sit under the big top as Scott Boras emcees his annual winter circus.

“[W]e should do everything we can to make this team better and there are some great names out there and we’re not ruling anybody out,” Epstein said. “But I think it’s important to have some perspective, too.”

That big but belongs to the elephant in the room, though whether Boras has the ability to train it may depend on several factors. Chief among those will be his asking price for Harper, which is believed to be starting at around $400 million. That figure hasn’t been put forth specifically, that’s not the way Boras works, but it doesn’t take much to sleuth out where negotiations are headed.

Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million deal from the Nationals at the end of the season and Boras has suggested that players of Harper’s pedigree …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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