Players will report to Spring Training in seven-ish weeks, but the Bryce Harper saga seems like it hasn’t hit full gear yet. There have been conflicting reports as to the Cubs’ interest, but Jon Heyman believes they are more likely to look at Harper than the back-to-back World Series losing Los Angeles Dodgers.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 26, 2018
In order to land Harper, Heyman thinks the budget-conscious Cubs will absolutely have to pull off a salary-clearing trade. Of course, that means moving someone like Jason Heyward.
It’s important to note that Heyman isn’t reporting sourced information, but rather expressing his opinion. At the very least, what this suggests is that Harper’s market has still yet to fully develop or Scott Boras simply hasn’t disclosed much information to the media. And when you combine this with recent reports noting that the Cubs asked Boras to wait and check in with them before agreeing to a contract elsewhere, it sounds like Harper is not close to signing at the moment.