Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Magic Johnson reportedly led free agent pitch for Bryce Harper

Magic Johnson reportedly led free agent pitch for Bryce Harper

In addition to the Dodgers and White Sox, the Nationals, Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, Padres, Astros and Cardinals are expected to be among the teams showing interest in the slugger.

Rookie of the Year in 2012 and MVP of the National League in 2015, Harper and Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado are considered the prizes of the 2018 free agent class. With news breaking that Magic Johnson, the partial owner and the full face of the franchise, traveling to Las Vegas to meet with Harper himself, the dreams may very well be coming true.

The possibility of the Dodgers entering the Harper sweepstakes has always been the one great wild card to what has been baseball's most anticipated free agency in almost two decades, and the news of their involvement comes less than a week before the start of baseball's annual Winter Meetings - which, by happenstance, will be held in Las Vegas. And that would only begin their countdown until Harper can opt out of what might be the biggest contract in the history of professional sports.

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"The only time I remember meeting Bryce Harper was on the field at Dodger Stadium two years ago when Dusty Baker introduced us", he said (h/t Yahoo Sports).

New reports of the Dodgers trying to remain below the luxury tax threshold also means signing Harper may be hard regardless of who meets with him. It's not entirely clear from the current version of the story whether the Dodgers have or will send a contingent to meet with Harper at all.

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