Jon Heyman Clarifies the Cubs-Dodgers-Bryce Harper Thing

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Jon Heyman Clarifies the Cubs-Dodgers-Bryce Harper Thing

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When Michael and I saw what Jon Heyman had said on MLB Network about top free agent Bryce Harper, the Cubs, and the Dodgers, we got excited. No, we still wouldn’t be predicting the Cubs to land him at this point, but because the Dodgers sure feel like the biggest threat to sign Harper, and because the Cubs had reportedly asked Scott Boras and Harper to check back with them before signing elsewhere, it kinda felt like a transitional moment from “it just ain’t happening” to “yeah, well, actually maybe the Cubs are still in this thing.”

Here’s how I put it:

And to be sure, Jon Heyman this morning isn’t poo-poo’ing that view, but he does want to make very clear what he was and wasn’t saying yesterday:

In other words, Heyman is taking issue with the way Levine – and anyone else – might have been characterizing his comments. Heyman was not saying he thinks the Cubs are the favorite for Harper over, for example, the Dodgers. Rather, Heyman was saying only that, if he had to pick one of the Cubs or Dodgers as being more likely right now, he’d lean Cubs, since the Dodgers tend not to do the huge, long-term contract thing.

Heyman would not even suggest the Cubs’ involvement in this context if he felt they truly had not shot at all, so I’ll still land where we landed yesterday (and, really, where we’ve been since early November): if the Cubs can move some money around, or get some kind of special approval from ownership, they could have a remote shot at Harper.

That’s still a positive takeaway – especially knowing the Cubs did meet with Boras for three hours and do want to stay involved – even if it’s not Heyman saying, “Yeah, I think the Cubs are the favorite right now.” It certainly serves Boras’s interests to have it out there that the Cubs are involved and maybe favored over the (preferred?) Dodgers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

The reality is I’m not sure anyone knows who the favorite truly is just yet, and that could include Boras and Harper.


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