Bryce Harper Wants to Play Alongside Kris Bryant with Cubs
While he still has 1 1/2 years to play with the Washington Nationals, rumors about Bryce Harper's next career move have already started swirling.
In an interview, MLB analyst Peter Gammons told 670 The Score's Mully and Hanley that Harper wants to join the Cubs when he becomes a free agent in 2018.
However, Gammons said the Cubs will not afford to have Bryant and Harper on board at the same time because of financial constraints. Bryant and Harper were former Little League teammates.
"I have people tell me that Bryce Harper really would prefer to play for the Cubs, but somehow, I don't think that it's going to be affordable to have Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant on the same team," Gammons explained.
Earlier, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports said Harper could sign a long-term deal between $400 million to $500 million when he turns free agent in 2018, based on an assessment by one rival general manager.
The amount will set a new record for the biggest contract in Major League history. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins currently holds that distinction with his $325 million deal until 2028.
The general manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Heyman, said Harper is "twice the player that Giancarlo Stanton is" so he is entitled to the $400 million-$500 million payday.
Harper signed a one-year deal with the National for the 2018 season worth $21.65 million, a significant increase from his $13.63 million salary this season, per Sports Illustrated.
The deal includes several incentives amounting to $1.3 million. Harper can pocket an extra $100,000 for making the All-Star Game and winning Silver Slugger and Gold Glove. He can earn an additional $1 million if he bags the Most Valuable Player, $500,000 for 2nd, $250,000 for 3rd, $150,000 for 4th and $100,000 for 5th.
The 24-year-old Harper captured the 2015 MVP award and is a four-time All-Star. In his career, Harper has 701 hits, 370 RBIs and 134 long balls.
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