White Sox optimistic about Harper, Boras stays coy

Ben Krimmel
December 15, 2018 - 3:11 pm
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The Chicago White Sox are positioning themselves to go after ex-National Bryce Harper and general manager Rick Hahn is cautiously optimistic about his team's chances.

Speaking with Chicago's 670 The Score Thursday, Hahn said there was "excitement" around the organization, but underlined the need for patience.

"There is an excitement here," Hahn said. "This is just about getting the right pieces in the organization no matter what time of the year it is. We are excited to be discussing impactful moves for the long term. It's good to have a seat at the table for some long impactful moves."

Hahn said Chicago has positioned themselves nicely to land the 26-year-old slugger.

"There is only so much we can control in the end," Hahn said. "Ultimately, free-agent players have earned the right through hard work to chose their ultimate destination. Sometimes things beyond money factor into these things - location, wife's family location, all sorts of things go into these decisions before they get done. All we can do is put our most aggressive foot forward and try to convert on necessary targets. The pace of these things is a bit of a balancing act. Some extremely high-profile deals happen as late as February or March. That doesn't mean something can't come together in the coming weeks. At the end, when it gets done is not as important as getting it done."

Earlier in the week Harper's agent Scott Boras was anything but clear when discussing potential destinations for his top client.

“Certainly, we’ve had a lot of meetings over the last three weeks. We’ve met with a lot of clubs, had a lot of discussions. When you get to that point, something could happen quickly. Something could also happen in a matter of weeks,” Boras said. “So we really can’t put a time on it.

SNIDER: Nats should ignore Boras' bluster

Boras also took time this week to accuse Nationals owner Mark Lerner of violating part of baseball's collective bargaining agreement during his interview with 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny.

However, the agreement provides leeway when responding to media inquiries and the Nationals don't believe Lerner's comments violated any rules.

Of course, nothing in  this free agency period is settled. 

"The White Sox also are deeply invested to make their franchise relevant again, but questions remain whether they seriously will make a bid in the $300 million range," USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes. 

So, the baseball world will continue to wait on Harper and Boras. 

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