Long-term baseball recorder Peter Gammons told 670 The Score on Friday that Bryce Harper’s inclination is to sign with the Chicago Cubs when he hits the open market. “I have people tell me that Bryce Harper would prefer to play for the Cubs,” Gammons said.
As things stand, Harper isn’t booked to end up plainly a free specialist until the winter of 2018 after the Nationals marked him to a one-year, $21.6 million deal in May to avoid arbitration.
That understanding was key since it will give the Nationals one more year-in addition to only consult with Harper as the two sides attempt to hammer out a long-term deal.
“I think it’s huge,” Harper said after signing the deal, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes and Jorge Castillo. “We’re able to go into the offseason and worry about different things. We’re able, as a team and this organization, to just go out and not have to worry about me going into arbitration for another year or anything like that.”
To the extent the Cubs are concerned, Gammons noted attempting to adjust a mammoth arrangement for Harper with a future expansion for third baseman Kris Bryant—who is under group control through 2021—would demonstrate rather difficult.
“Somehow I don’t think it’s going to be affordable to have Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant on the same team,” Gammons said. “It’s a great idea; I’d love to see it. I respect them both so much, personally and professionally. But I don’t think it’s going ever to happen.”