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MLB Insider Has Major Update On Bryce Harper's Free Agency

bryce harper celebrates during a game against the dodgers

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper has been linked to several different franchises this offseason, with the Washington Nationals' star outfielder seeking a massive deal in free agency.

So far, though, it's been mostly rumors and speculation for the former National League MVP.

You can add a new rumor to the list, too.

Harper had been mentioned as an option for the Chicago Cubs, but most baseball insiders didn't see the franchise making a serious pursuit, with their payroll already extremely high.

One Cubs' insider, though, says that Chicago could be making an actual pursuit.

From the Sun-Times:

Sources say Epstein urged them to wait before accepting an offer from another team until the Cubs had a chance to try to move some payroll off the books and check again with ownership.

Not much has changed in that regard, either, since then — though Boras’ track record with top free agents suggests Harper might be on the market well into January, if not longer.

Especially if Manny Machado, the other big-ticket player on the market, chooses to move first on a deal with the White Sox, Phillies or Yankees, as it seems he’s poised to do after Jan. 1.

Until then, the Cubs play out the reliever market for two established pitchers who won’t break their bank. And talk about all the internal improvement they need to see from their core, their coaching staff, their front office, etc.

The Dodgers are seen by some as the favorite to land Harper following their latest trade, though no one really seems to know what the All-Star outfielder is thinking.

The Nationals, Phillies and White Sox, among others, have also been mentioned as options for Harper.

Stay tuned.