Let’s face it – a deal for Harper is going to take a huge bite out of Tom Ricketts’ checkbook. His deal could potentially be $500 -$600 million as some have reported- nobody knows.
There hasn’t been a player of this magnitude in the modern MLB era since A-Rod in 2000. Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $252 million deal breaking all sort of contract records; just like what Harper is supposedly going to do as well. So, the third and potentially biggest problem (no quotations necessary) is: who stays and who goes?
Now, some of those players may be immoveable because their contracts are too large (a la Lester and Heyward). Rizzo, Bryant, and Contreras are the three players who can’t be moved solely on their value.
That’s one of the things that Cubs fans need to come to grips with; If you want Bryce Harper (WHICH YOU DO!), you have to be willing to trade key guys.