Cubs fans clamoring for the team to add superstar Bryce Harper in free agency might not have to give up hope just yet.
According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs met with Harper's agent Scott Boras during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The meeting lasted as long as three hours, according to Wittenmyer, and featured an interesting request from Cubs president Theo Epstein to Boras regarding Harper.
"Sources say Epstein urged them to wait before accepting an offer from another team until the Cubs had a chance to try to move some payroll off the books and check again with ownership."
The Cubs and their budget woes have been well-documented this offseason. The team committed big money last winter to Tyler Chatwood, Yu Darvish and Brandon Morrow, which resulted in a mixed-bag of sorts in terms of production in 2018.
At the very least, the Cubs' payroll will rise due to arbitration salary increases for the likes of Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks and others. And before any additions, the Cubs' 2019 Opening Day payroll will surpass the franchise record of $182 million set in 2018.