Harper's Future Center Of Attention At GM Meetings

"I am talking to any team that reaches out to me about Bryce," Scott Boras says.

Bruce Levine
November 07, 2018 - 6:44 pm
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CARLSBAD, Calif. (670 The Score) -- Powerful agent Scott Boras pulled into the GM Meetings on Wednesday with many different messages about how baseball can improve its product and marketing approach, notably chastising owners who he believes are tanking games and seasons for personal profit. 

Of course, the center of attention at this league-wide gathering is Boras' marquee client: star free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper. The Cubs and White Sox have both been connected to the 26-year-old Harper already, though some doubt has arisen regarding the Cubs' financial situation. 

So, what are the chances of Harper coming to one of the two Chicago teams?

"I am talking to any team that reaches out to me about Bryce Harper or that Bryce Harper directs me to contact," Boras said. "That is the laundry list we will be talking to about Bryce."

Boras is expected to be seeking a record contract for Harper, who has averaged 32 homers and 91 RBIs per 162 games played and who carries a .388 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage and .900 OPS for his career.

"Bryce is open to a lot of opportunities and different things," Boras said regarding his priority in suitors. "I believe he will hear everything from everyone and then make an informed decision. He will be able to tell you what is most important after that takes place."

Both the Cubs and White Sox will be starting new and separate regional television networks after the 2019 season. Having a superstar like Harper would seem to be the type of high-profile draw that sells subscriptions and helps open big revenue streams.

"I will say that the Washington Nationals increased their regional viewership three times since Bryce came to the franchise," Boras said about his possible appeal to the Chicago teams.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.