Move over, Golden State Warriors and LeBron James’ teams. The Chicago Cubs might soon put “Major League Baseball” and “super team” in the debate spot usually reserved for the NBA.
With so many fans imagining what will happen when baseball’s star-studded free-agent class hits the market after 2018, one name–and the potential for a $400M or $500M deal–has stood out: Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.
Over the last year, the Yankees and Phillies–alongside the Nationals and big-spending Dodgers–have often been mentioned in Harper rumors. Now we can officially add the Cubs to the mix.
The reason: Harper reportedly would prefer to land at Wrigley Field, not Yankee Stadium or Citizens Bank Park. That comes from MLB insider Peter Gammons during an appearance on Mully and Hanley on 670 The Score.
“I have people tell me that Bryce Harper, really, would prefer to play for the Cubs,” Gammons said when asked how a gigantic deal for Harper could potentially affect a future contract for 2016 NL MVP and current Cubs star Kris Bryant.
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Despite Chicago’s early-season struggles (28-27 heading into play on June 5), we’re still talking about the defending World Series champions with the look of a franchise that can become a dynasty.
Adding Harper to that mix after next season would change the sport–and force the Yankees and Phillies to spend millions elsewhere.
Harper (.324/.441/.648, 15 HR) is the early-season favorite to capture his second NL MVP award.
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