Chicago Cubs fans hoping for a Bryce Harper contract with the team found their hopes further dashed on Friday by one of Harper’s best friends.
Kris Bryant, who grew up in Las Vegas with Harper and hangs out with the superstar free agent on a frequent basis, echoed comments made earlier in the week by Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
“He’s not signing here,” Bryant said.
Bryant also said that he believes the Cubs have a “killer team,” but his comments on Harper will likely sadden many Cubs fans.
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Numerous reports have surfaced throughout the offseason that the Cubs will not have the money to pursue high-priced free agents, and they have not done so this year, only signing infielder Daniel Descalso.
Earlier in the week, Maddon told media that a Harper signing in Chicago is “not going to happen,” but until the outfielder puts pen to paper, Cubs fans will likely continue clinging to hope.