LAS VEGAS – As Chicago’s different baseball workforce turned an increasingly critical suitor for this winter’s prime free agent, even Bryce Harper’s agent on Wednesday downplayed his shopper’s years-lengthy flirtation with Cub followers.
Harper, who’s baseball BFFs with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, has tantalized Cub fans for two years with social media posts hinting at the Cubs as an eventual touchdown spot – going so far as to make it recognized his dog’s identify is “Wrigley.”
“KB and Harp have an amazing private, professional relationship,” stated agent Scott Boras, who – as an alternative of making an attempt to stoke speculation of Cubs’ interest and a broader market of consumers –added:
“I feel a whole lot of their conversations are about hitting, to be trustworthy. I feel they take pleasure in each other, but additionally they understand these selections and what house owners do are really unbiased of their relationship they usually don’t have plenty of control over that.”
Might it’s that each one the Cubs’ public speak of price range limitations and getting artistic so as to add players this winter can also be the actual message they’re sending to free brokers and would-be commerce partners?
May it even have something to do with those two Cubs front workplace guys hovering over the craps desk Tuesday night time because the second day of the winter conferences drew to an in depth on the Mandalay Bay Lodge and Resort in Las Vegas?
Clown question, bro.
By Wednesday, it was clear the cube held no higher solutions for the Cubs and a payroll finances pushed towards its ceiling by dangerous contracts final winter.
The Cubs are focusing across the free agent market and in commerce talks on bullpen assist and a robust veteran presence in a bench participant who can catch or handle the center infield.
Even with closer Brandon Morrow (clear-out surgery on elbow) expected to overlook at the very least the first month of the season, sources say the Cubs plan to avoid the excessive-finish relievers available on the market as they shop for 2 established bullpen pitchers – until the prices unexpectedly drop inside that market over the subsequent month or two.
Meaning an already sluggish-shifting winter is more likely to drift into a minimum of January earlier than the Cubs add a pitcher.
“It’s been good and productive [at the meetings this week], but I feel we’re in all probability unlikely to make any deals whereas we’re here,” stated common manager Jed Hoyer, who added that it’s attainable winter activity may even stretch into spring training for them and other teams.
“It might,” he stated. “Every market’s totally different. The winter conferences are literally a bit later than traditional this yr so if issues don’t happen next week, we know they’ll in all probability drag into January.”
As for the large free agent in Vegas, he’ll keep in Vegas so far as the Cubs are involved.
Harper’s Las Vegas neighborhood pal, then again, dropped by the Cubs’ government suite…