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N&N: Where does Bryce Harper end up?

Morning news and notes for Monday, December 24, 2018

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Bryce Harper to the Dodgers makes sense . . . right?

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While Bryce Harper to the Dodgers is a rumor that’s been gaining steam after Los Angeles traded outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds on Friday, there are several factors that could keep the club out of the Harper sweepstakes.

The first is the luxury tax. If the Dodgers want to stay under the $206 million threshold, which they reportedly do, they won’t have the payroll space for Harper -- especially if the club is looking to stick to a shorter-term deal with a higher average annual value, as has been suggested. The Dodgers will have even less room if they complete a trade for Indians ace Corey Kluber.

While the Andrew Friedman-led Dodgers front office has consistently maintained a high payroll, it hasn’t been known for splurging on any one player. In fact, $93 million is the largest contract the club has handed out during Friedman’s tenure. There likely won’t be a 10-year, $300 million offer coming from the Dodgers, which is another reason why they might not have a great chance to land Harper.

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