Commentary: Cubs should go all-in to get Harper


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Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports
Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

He’s been called the Lebron James of baseball. He’s a certified game changer. He wants to win a championship so bad he can taste it. He is going to be the highest paid baseball player ever this offseason. He is Bryce Harper and his current team, The Washington Nationals, have announced he is available for a trade if you offer them stupid stuff.

Harper and Kris Bryant have known each other since they were kids growing up in Las Vegas and have talked about being on the same team someday. They have remained friends and surely have spoken about this latest shocking announcement. If I’m Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer I have already spoken to Bryant about his thoughts regarding Harper’s interest in signing with the Cubs.

If the feedback is positive, then the Cubs should go all in to get him right now. If the reports are he is lukewarm about coming to Chicago, then move on and don’t look back.

Harper, 25, is tied for second in the NL with 25 home runs but is batting just .220. Most reports have him linked to the Cleveland Indians so far, but it is still early.

The Cubs can package any two of David Bote, Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, and another minor leaguer for Harper. If that isn’t good enough for the Nationals, then wait until the offseason and go after him then. It has been reported that he is likely to sign with the Cubs or Dodgers. Save the players for another pitcher, like starter Chris Archer.

Today should be wild as the MLB non-waiver trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. ET.

The Cubs are linked to every player in baseball with almost all of them untrue. Archer and Harper are big deals and would put the Cubs over the top as favorites to get to the World Series.

Buckle up.

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