The Cubs have been rumored, and even favored, to land big-time free agent Bryce Harper. There has also been speculation Chicago would go after Manny Machado.
However, the odds of the Cubs scooping up either player are dropping, according to David Kaplan via twitter.
Despite Bryce Harper wearing Bulls hats, and being best friends with Kris Bryant.
It is no secret that someday soon the Cubs would have to pay to keep some of their star players on the team, such as Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, who all become unrestricted free agents around 2022, according to Spotrac.
It may seem like a while before the Cubs need to pony up to keep their stars in town, but a max contract to sign either Harper or Machado would muddy up the long term future of the Cubs. Additionally, the team picked up Cole Hamels’ 2019, $20 million team option.
The hype surrounding the potential signing of Harper or Machado gained traction after frustrating playoff loses in the 2017 and 2018 post season, in which the Cubs bats went cold.
Chicago currently has Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora and Jason Heyward headlining the outfield. In the middle infield the Cubs have Javier Baez and Addison Russell. However, Russell has been suspend by Major League Baseball for domestic abuse, and may not be back with the team in 2019.
There are some other options for the Cubs to improve in free agency including, Adam Jones, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera.