Nelly Pleads St. Louis Cardinals to Sign Slugger Bryce Harper

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper had a career-high 100 RBIs this season

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper had a career-high 100 RBIs this season

Louis rapper and Cardinals fan, was playing with the country duo, and he got a picture with Harper after the show.

As Harper's camp has staged a series of meetings in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, there are mixed signals on whether or not the Cubs are a factor in the talks and if the franchise's financial limitations really are restrictive enough to keep him out of reach. But Boras is widely thought to have bigger targets in mind, beginning with Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million deal that ranks as the largest in the history of North American sports, and perhaps even ranging toward or beyond $400 million.

"There's not a hard and fast rule", Friedman told The Washington Post in February in regards to signing elite free agents, "but if you look back over time, there are a lot more free agent contracts that haven't worked out than have". And while we may have been told that the Phillies may be the favorites to land Harper, it's hard to ignore the allure of business mogul and brand icon Magic Johnson-who is now connected to LeBron James-and the Los Angeles Dodgers for baseball's biggest superstar. It's not entirely clear from the current version of the story whether the Dodgers have or will send a contingent to meet with Harper at all. Also worth noting, this year's Winter Meetings are being held in Harper's hometown.

Harper and infielder Manny Machado are the two most coveted free agents in Major League Baseball this offseason.

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