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Is Bryce Harper the best option for the Cubs in 2019?

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Is Bryce Harper the best option for the Cubs in 2019?

The biggest question of this MLB offseason is where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado land in free agency.

The Cubs have been linked to Harper and Machado as possible candidates to wear the red and blue pinstripes, but one anonymous National League executive told Robert Murray of FRS that Harper isn’t worth his value.

“He’s simply overrated,” the executive texted. “The good ain’t worth the bad . . . Cares about himself more than the team. If I was in charge and had money, my team would not pursue him . . . If he gets more than 10-years, $300 million, I’d be surprised. I would not give him 10 years period and certainly not at that AAV. He’s just not worth it. He’s a selfish, losing player.”

It’s been rumored that both of these superstars could be worth as much as $400 million, but the question is will the Cubs be willing to pay either one of these superstars that big contract?

Right now, Harper leads the National league in homeruns with 19 and has 43 RBI’s on the campaign, compared to Machado standing at 18 homeruns, but Machado is second in MLB with 50 RBI’s.

In 2012, Harper’s rookie year, his career numbers today are as such: AVG .281, 169 HR, 464 RBI’s, 503 BB, and 727 SO, 831 GP.

For Machado, his rookie season was also in 2012, and his numbers are similar: AVG .282, 156 HR, 456 RBI’s, 255 BB, 605 SO, 828 GP.

Time will only tell whether the Cubs make a big splash in free agency this summer between Harper and Machado.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

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Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.

Check out the entire podcast here: