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Buster's Buzz: Is signing Bryce Harper now the move the Dodgers have to make?

Will the Dodgers make Bryce Harper an offer big enough to put a smile on the free agent's face? Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Executives with other teams have watched the machinations of the Los Angeles Dodgers this winter with a couple of competing thoughts:

First, that Andrew Friedman, who heads up baseball operations for the Dodgers, does not like to sign big, expensive deals. He could have had Giancarlo Stanton last winter and he passed, because he would have had to absorb a big, expensive contract at a time when the Dodgers were cutting payroll.

Second, that the Dodgers seem to be setting up for a big, expensive move. Named Bryce Harper.