​​Bryce Harper will be the crown jewel in the upcoming free agent class, and he'll break the bank and could be in line for a mega deal in the range of $400 million.


That price tag eliminates a lot of suitors, but there's one team that's been linked to him that comes as a big shock.


The Atlanta Braves' name has been floated around in recent weeks, whether it be a friend of Harper's who thinks it would "make a lot sense" or former GM Steve Phillips making a connection between the two about a week ago on XM Radio.

While ​Harper is enemy No. 1 among Braves fans, with the money and payroll flexibility they will have coming into this upcoming offseason and the hole in right field with Nick Markakis' expiring contract, a play on the former MVP in free agency makes a ton of sense and could end up happening.


Of course, outside of Harper making a decision on where he'd want to play, it's about the money. Will the Braves actually pony up around a half of billion dollars for Harper? That's the real question, and this organization doesn't have a track record of spending big in free agency.

The Braves have a host of young talent already in the big leagues and more coming, including top prospect Ronald Acuna and several of their top pitching prospects (Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard, Kyle Wright). If you are Harper, wouldn't you want to be part of a young, talented team with a lot of upside?


I mean, could you imagine a middle of the order that features Harper, Acuna and Freddie Freeman, who himself is an MVP-caliber player? That's something that would certainly be enticing for Harper -- along with the contract figure he seeks -- making it possible you could see a tomahawk across his chest come 2019.