Chicago Cubs: Would landing Shohei Ohtani stop pursuit of Bryce Harper?

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01: Major League Baseball player Bryce Harper speaks on stage at the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena to support victims of the October 1 tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip on December 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01: Major League Baseball player Bryce Harper speaks on stage at the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena to support victims of the October 1 tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip on December 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 17: Chicago Cubs third baseman and Major League Baseball 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant (L) and Washington Nationals right fielder and MLB 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper hold ceremonial keys to the city of Las Vegas they received from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman at the Fremont Street Experience on December 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both players grew up playing against and with each other in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 17: Chicago Cubs third baseman and Major League Baseball 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant (L) and Washington Nationals right fielder and MLB 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper hold ceremonial keys to the city of Las Vegas they received from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman at the Fremont Street Experience on December 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both players grew up playing against and with each other in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Let me tell you ’bout my best friend

There’s no denying the friendship between Harper and Kris Bryant. They’re both from Las Vegas, so that’s to be expected. But we can’t help but notice that Harper seems to really like Chicago. He named his dog Wrigley for crying out loud.

That makes perfect sense for me (although I named mine Skylar for my love of the Irish. My cat was named Addison), but really? I guess you can’t name your dog Nationals Park, so I give him some leeway on that.

But now to the skinny of it. If the Cubs score Ohtani, will that change how they go after Harper? First off, the Cubs have never said they would chase him in free agency. But it just seems to write itself with everything that’s happened. Even if Harper doesn’t plan on coming to Chicago, that would just mean he’s trolling Cubs’ fans … and hard.