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MLB free agency: Bryce Harper wears Bulls hat, Cubs speculation ensues

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MLB free agency: Bryce Harper wears Bulls hat, Cubs speculation ensues

Friday marked the beginning of MLB free agency, otherwise known as "Read Into Everything Bryce Harper Does" Season. The Washington Nationals will reportedly tender a qualifying offer to the superstar outfielder, but his choice of headwear may or may not have sent fans of the Nationals, Giants, and 27 other teams nto a frenzy.

In an Instagram story he posted after voting early on Friday, Harper wore a Chicago Bulls hat. Chicago, of course, is home to the Cubs, who oddsmakers gave the second-best shot of signing the 26-year-old. 

Harper's documented his love of San Francisco on social media, but what has he posted about the Windy City? Well, here's his oldest tweet about Chicago.

He also tweeted a bit about Chicago's NHL team during the 2013-2014 season, and was even photographed with some of the players at one point.

Sure, Harper's social-media history may not constitute "an agreement" or be "legally binding" in any way, but where's the fun in that? 

MLB playoff schedule 2018: Dates, times, TV listings for every series

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MLB playoff schedule 2018: Dates, times, TV listings for every series

The 2018 Major League Baseball playoff field is set, even if the matchups are not.

Ties atop the National League Central and West divisions mean we'll have bonus postseason baseball Monday. The Brewers will visit the Cubs to decide the NL Central, and the Rockies will invade Chavez Ravine to play for the Dodgers for the NL West. After those games, we'll have more clarity on each team's potential path to the World Series.

Below is the how the 2018 MLB playoff schedule looks now, with games possibly running until Halloween.

2018 MLB PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
All times Pacific
NL CENTRAL TIEBREAKER

Monday, Oct. 1: Brewers 3, Cubs 1

NL WEST TIEBREAKER
Monday, Oct. 1: Dodgers 5, Rockies 2

NL WILD CARD GAME
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Rockies 2, Cubs 1

AL WILD CARD GAME
Wednesday, Oct. 3:
Yankees 7, A's 2

NL DIVISION SERIES (Best of five)
Dodgers vs. Braves
Thursday, Oct. 4: Game 1 at Colorado or L.A., 5:37 p.m. (TV: FS1 or MLB Network)
Friday, Oct. 5: Game 2 at Colorado or L.A., 6:37 p.m. (TV: FS1 or MLB Network)
Sunday, Oct. 7: Game 3 at Atlanta, 5:07 p.m. (TV: FS1 or MLB Network)
Monday, Oct. 8: Game 4 at Atlanta, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FS1)
Wednesday, Oct. 10: Game 5 at Colorado or L.A., time TBD, if necessary (TV: FS1)

Brewers vs. Rockies
Thursday, Oct. 4: Game 1 at Milwaukee, 2:07 p.m. (TV: FS1 or MLB Network)
Friday, Oct. 5: Game 2 at Milwaukee, 1:15 p.m. (TV: FS1 or MLB Network)
Sunday, Oct. 7: Game 3 at NL Wild Card Game winner, 1:37 p.m. (TV: FS1 or MLB Network)
Monday, Oct. 8: Game 4 at NL Wild Card Game winner, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FS1)
Wednesday, Oct. 10: Game 5 at Milwaukee, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FS1)

AL DIVISION SERIES (Best of five)
Red Sox vs. Yankees 
Friday, Oct. 5: Game 1 at Boston, 4:32 p.m. (TV: TBS)
Saturday, Oct. 6: Game 2 at Boston, 5;15 p.m. (TV: TBS)
Monday, Oct. 8: Game 3 at Oakland or New York, time TBD (TV: TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 9: Game 4 at Oakland or New York, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)
Thursday, Oct. 11: Game 5 at Boston, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)

Astros vs. Indians
Friday, Oct. 5: Game 1 at Houston, 11:05 a.m. (TV: TBS)
Saturday, Oct. 6: Game 2 at Houston, 1:37 p.m. (TV: TBS)
Monday, Oct. 8: Game 3 at Cleveland, time TBD (TV: TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 9: Game 4 at Cleveland, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)
Thursday, Oct. 11: Game 5 at Houston, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)

NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best of seven)
Friday, Oct. 12: Game 1 at higher seed, time TBD (TV: FOX or FS1)
Saturday, Oct. 13: Game 2 at higher seed, time TBD (TV: FOX or FS1)
Monday, Oct. 15: Game 3 at lower seed, time TBD (TV: FOX or FS1)
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Game 4 at lower seed, time TBD (TV: FOX or FS1)
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Game 5 at lower seed, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FOX or FS1)
Friday, Oct. 19: Game 6 at higher seed, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FOX or FS1)
Saturday, Oct. 20: Game 7 at higher seed, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FOX or FS1)

AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best of seven)
Saturday, Oct. 13: Game 1 at higher seed, time TBD (TV: TBS)
Sunday, Oct. 14: Game 2 at higher seed, time TBD (TV: TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Game 3 at lower seed, time TBD (TV: TBS)
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Game 4 at lower seed, time TBD (TV: TBS)
Thursday, Oct. 18: Game 5 at lower seed, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)
Saturday, Oct. 20: Game 6 at higher seed, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)
Sunday, Oct. 21: Game 7 at higher seed, time TBD, if necessary (TV: TBS)

WORLD SERIES (Best of seven)
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Game 1 at TBD, time TBD (TV: FOX)
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Game 2 at TBD, time TBD (TV: FOX)
Friday, Oct. 26: Game 3 at TBD, time TBD (TV: FOX)
Saturday, Oct. 27: Game 4 at TBD, time TBD (TV: FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 28: Game 5 at TBD, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FOX)
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Game 6 at TBD, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FOX)
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Game 7 at TBD, time TBD, if necessary (TV: FOX)

MLB rumors: Rangers have 'deal in place' to send Cole Hamels to Cubs

MLB rumors: Rangers have 'deal in place' to send Cole Hamels to Cubs

As of 5:52pm PT, the Rangers are playing the A's. But that's not stopping their front office from making a blockbuster trade.

The Rangers are sending veteran lefty Cole Hamels to the Cubs, according to multiple reports.

Chicago will send low-level prospects back to the rebuilding Rangers. Texas will reportedly send a significant amount of cash to Chicago to help pay Hamels' salary.

With reports swirling that Hamels is on his way to the Windy City, NBC Sports California cameras found the lefty in the Rangers dugout talking to his teammates. He was not hugging them.

A four-time All-Star, Hamels is having a down year for the last-place Rangers. In 20 starts, he's 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 114.1 innings pitched.