Magic Johnson Denies Meeting With Bryce Harper in Las Vegas

Manny Machado Dodgers Phillies

Harper's salary demands indicate that he is looking for a long-term contract that goes above the 300 million mark.

Word on the street is that the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Magic Johnson, a minority owner of the franchise, to help recruit Harper to LA.

Cubs officials throughout the organization have privately downplayed or dismissed the idea of signing Harper this winter and it's not a coordinated leak campaign to lower the expectations.

"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.

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Harper, it is now clear, is a different story.

In just his second offseason leading the Lakers, Johnson delivered the best star in the sport, LeBron James, to the city of Los Angeles. According to Nelly, it means that Harper is definitely joining the Cardinals.

Harper is one of the most anticipated free agents in baseball history. But others think Boras and his team might be thinking differently - that they don't want to risk Machado setting the market lower than they want it.

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