Are the Cubs lurking in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes?

Are the Cubs lurking in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes

Are the Cubs lurking in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes

But Yahoo Sports reported Monday that at least 12 teams requested meetings with Harper: the White Sox, Cubs, Padres, Nationals, Cardinals and Astros among them.

Rookie of the Year in 2012 and MVP of the National League in 2015, Harper and Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado are considered the prizes of the 2018 free agent class.

The Dodgers bid seemed to take some seriousness when it was noted that minority-owner Magic Johnson seemed to lead the group that included president of baseball ops Andrew Friedman, manager Dave Roberts and coaches Bob Geren and Robert Von Scoyoc. But Boras is widely thought to have bigger targets in mind, beginning with Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million deal that ranks as the largest in the history of North American sports, and perhaps even ranging toward or beyond $400 million.

An iconic franchise and a market like Los Angeles is hard to ignore.

"Anything to get him here you know, if he needs Nelly tickets or tickets to a hockey game I think we should you know give it to him", he said. It's not entirely clear from the current version of the story whether the Dodgers have or will send a contingent to meet with Harper at all.

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