If you have been next the back again-and-forth reviews of the Cubs’ involvement with Bryce Harper, you are effectively aware of this: No 1 is familiar with a damn thing. Very seriously, we’re listening to one thing diverse each and every working day, a lot of it in immediate conflict with what we have formerly read. Some of that can be chalked up to editorial course or sensationalism, but Scott Boras has no doubt been fanning the enigmatic flames.
And probably due to the fact he’s been doing so with whispers relatively than his trademark bombastic billows, men and women are remaining to attract way too numerous of their personal conclusions.
Gordon Wittenmyer claimed back again in late December that the Cubs had satisfied with Boras through the Winter season Meetings for as very long as three several hours, through which time they questioned him to circle back again with them right before accepting an give in other places. Then Jim Bowden blustered just lately about how the Cubs “did not make a perform on Bryce Harper at all,” which in fact contradicts what he had mentioned formerly. So which is great.
Thursday introduced added info from Jim Salisbury of NBCS Philly, who mentioned on the “At the Yard” podcast that he felt the Cubs are nonetheless in on at minimum Harper. The Dodgers and Yankees are in the combine for Harper and/or Manny Machado as effectively, he mentioned, contacting all three groups “very interested bystanders in 1 or the two of these guys.” And in retaining with an previously rumor that there could be a Machado mystery in the NL Central, Salisbury mentioned the Cardinals could be lurking at the periphery.
“I’ve even read that in Harper’s circumstance, that the Cubs have designed it very distinct to Harper’s reps that, ‘You know, when you feel you are all set to signal and have all your provides there, make positive you check back again with us,’ Salisbury mentioned.
Now, to be distinct, this was not remaining offered as sourced info and it sounded more like a simple dialogue. Salisbury and his pod lover, Corey Seidman, seemed to be talking more in terms of conjecture and the part about the Cubs inquiring Boras to circle back again could effectively have arrive from Wittenmyer’s report.
All of which brings us proper back again all around to the plan that no 1 is familiar with a damn thing. Effectively, besides for the Cubs, who have been adamant that there is no funds for significant additions. Joe Maddon mentioned Tuesday at a charity celebration that Harper was “not likely to materialize,” then repeated that sentiment next his Thanksmas meal Thursday evening.
At his Thanksmas celebration, here’s Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon on lovers seeking Bryce Harper, and what’s in fact a sensible aim/technique for the team as it appears to be like to make improvements to offensively… pic.twitter.com/SiRnyCEAjO
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) January 17, 2019
At this position in the slogging offseason, I’ve resorted to sharing this info for minor more than posterity. I can assure you a the vast majority of the Fb replies to this write-up will be some iteration of “Who cares?” And I get it, I actually do. I’d in fact be mad at myself if I was making use of the content of Salisbury’s pod dialogue as any basis for severe dialogue.
Instead, I use this to illustrate the fluid murkiness of these proceedings. And I suppose I could as effectively apologize in advance, since this problem doesn’t determine to distinct up whenever quickly.