Magic Johnson reportedly led free agent pitch for Bryce Harper


".I'm here with the hottest free agent to be, my man Bryce Harper", Nelly said while bringing an awkward Harper into the frame.

It makes sense that the Dodgers staff would include Friedman the ultimate decision maker when it comes to the makeup of the team, and of course, Roberts and the day to day coaches would be there. It makes sense since Magic has been making news as a sports executive since helping engineer the purchase of the Dodgers in 2012. The sudden and apparently emphatic involvement of the two-time defending National League champions - whose inherent advantages in the pursuit of Harper run from the financial to the geographical to the emotional - is widely perceived as a game-changer. And that would only begin their countdown until Harper can opt out of what might be the biggest contract in the history of professional sports. Both the length and money are far beyond what the Dodgers regime has been willing to accept for a free agent signing lately. According to Nelly, it means that Harper is definitely joining the Cardinals. 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.

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Boras and Co. expected action to increase in the weeks before the Winter Meetings, to the point that the agency planned to find places to meet with interested teams away from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the meetings will be held.

Bryce Harper is baseball's most eligible bachelor this offseason and will be courted as such.