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Bryce Harper to the Cubs is what oddsmakers think will happen

Bryce Harper to the Cubs is what oddsmakers think will happen

Where Nationals' star Bryce Harper will sign this offseason has been a question that Washington fans have been thinking about for several seasons now, and they will finally have an answer in the next few months.

Unfortunately, the odds are not in favor of Harper re-signing with the team he was drafted by and spent his first seven Major League seasons with.

Offshore sportsbook Bovada released its latest odds for where Harper will play his first game of the 2019 season, and the Nationals have just the fifth best odds at +700.

The team that oddsmakers think will land Harper's services?

The Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and fellow NL East foe Philadelphia Phillies all have higher odds to sign Harper than the Nats.

The Cubs are the overwhelming favorite to sign the six-time All-Star, with even odds right now. Rumors of Harper going to the Windy City are not new, as the possibility to reunite with Little League teammate and close friend Kris Bryant while playing for an annual World Series contender is widely intriguing to him.

After the Cubs, there is a tremendous dropoff, as the Dodgers have the second highest odds at +500. The Phillies come in at +550 odds, while the Yankees are just slightly behind them at +600.

The Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and San Francisco Giants are all long shots to land Harper.

While it is way to early to have a good idea where Harper will play next, the Bovada oddsmakers have one clear favorite.

MLB Free agency begins on Nov. 2.

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Andy Martino of SNY refutes the reports that the Nats are out on Harper

Andy Martino of SNY refutes the reports that the Nats are out on Harper

Despite Mark Lerner's comments to NBC Sports Washington that the team hasn't been in recent contact with Bryce Harper and has filled out the roster, SNY's Andy Martino says not to give up hope.


"Do not believe that the Nationals are out on Harper," Martino said. "People I talk to around the situation are saying don't rule the Nationals out until the moment that Harper signs elsewhere."


Martino believes that the clearest options may not be what they seem.


"The Phillies of course are pursuing him, but I continue to hear they have a tough road to get Harper to come to Philly," he said. "The Phillies are possible but I don’t know that I would call them frontrunners."

After the news of Manny Machado signing with the Padres, all eyes turn to Bryce Harper and how long this continues to drag out. 

The clock is ticking.

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How to watch NBC Sports Washington's full interview with Nationals owner Mark Lerner

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's full interview with Nationals owner Mark Lerner

When Nationals principal managing owner Mark Lerner  see his team lose, he has a postgame ritual that rivals one of the most ordinary passionate fan.

“ I go into a closet and scream a little after,” Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas in an exclusive interview in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Friday. “No, no. That’s one thing that’s good about baseball. You’re going to play the next day. But I go home. I’m totally depressed. I won’t turn on the sports news or anything and get up the next morning, it’s a new day, get up and go after it again today. When I’m sitting down there, I’m very passionate as a fan. I’m yelling at the umpires like everybody else. I want to win. I hate losing exhibition games let alone regular-season games.”

Lerner also spoke about Bryce Harper's future - or lack thereof - with the team, Anthony Rendon and what he expects from the team this season.

The interview is now available in full on the MyTeams app, which can be downloaded here.

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