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Sport Bryant 'would love' to have Harper join Cubs next offseason

18:37  13 january  2018
18:37  13 january  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Months after Harper titillated Cubs fans with an Instagram post of himself and Bryant , along with their two wives, that included the cryptic hashtag "That will be an interesting one for next offseason . I’m sure you guys (in the media) will really enjoy it. But I would love to have him on the team."

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After agreeing to terms with the Chicago Cubs on Friday on a $10.85-million contract for 2018, a record salary for a first-year arbitration-eligible player, Kris Bryant took a moment to consider his future.

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He said he'd love for Bryce Harper, his childhood pal - and a free agent next winter - to be part of it.

Months after Harper titillated Cubs fans with an Instagram post of himself and Bryant, along with their two wives, that included the cryptic hashtag #Back2BackOneDay, Bryant - who grew up playing with and against Harper in Las Vegas and has grown close with the Washington Nationals star over the years - finally came out and said he'd relish the opportunity to play with his buddy in Chicago next season.

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Months after Harper titillated Cubs fans with an Instagram post of himself and Bryant , along with their two wives, that included the cryptic hashtag "That will be an interesting one for next offseason . I’m sure you guys (in the media) will really enjoy it. But I would love to have him on the team."

From his close friendship with Cubs ’ superstar Kris Bryant to his openly repping Chicago and talking about loving the city and Wrigley Field, things There is no guarantee that Harper will end up joining the Cubs , but the Do you think the Chicago Cubs will end up signing Bryce Harper next offseason ?

"Who wouldn’t want Bryce Harper on their team? He's 25. He's already got six years in the big leagues as a superstar. He would bring a lot to any team," Bryant told reporters, including The Athletic's Patrick Mooney. "That will be an interesting one for next offseason. I’m sure you guys (in the media) will really enjoy it. But I would love to have him on the team."

Anybody who fancies dynasties would probably love to see Harper wind up in Chicago, too. The resurgent Cubs are already working toward a dynasty. The club averaged 97 wins per season over the last three years, their rebuild culminating with a long-awaited World Series championship in 2016. With Harper - a five-time All-Star and National League MVP before his 26th birthday - also in the mix, the Cubs, who have Bryant under team control through 2021, would be virtually unstoppable.

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True story: after getting the kiddos settled down on Saturday, I was bellying up to my computer to write a post about how Kris Bryant had said some stuff about Bryce Harper joining the Cubs , continuing the now I’d be very surprised if the Cubs aren’t involved at least in some way next offseason , and the

POTENTIAL 2019 LINEUP

#PlayerPOS
1Albert AlmoraCF
2Bryce HarperRF
3Kris Bryant3B
4Anthony Rizzo1B
5Willson ContrerasC
6Kyle SchwarberLF
7Javier Baez2B
8Addison RussellSS

Incidentally, for his career, Harper has hit .333/.537/.622 with three homers, four doubles, and a ridiculous 1.46 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 14 games at Wrigley Field.

"But like I said, who wouldn’t want to have that guy on your team? Getting into pro baseball and getting to be around him more, I just really realized what an asset he would be for anybody that has him," Bryant said. "So it would be cool to see him out in Wrigley Field.”

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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.

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