Philadelphia Phillies' owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with Bryce Harper ahead of the star outfielder's free agency decision. Contract talks between the two sides seem to be heating up, but still, no official signing has occurred. 

While the Phillies are the current favorites in the Harper sweepstakes, Jon Heyman reported that Harper has been in negotiations with two teams in Vegas, both of whom were in the city with plans of seeing the 26-year-old on Saturday. 

Harper and the Phillies have been linked together for most of the offseason and, now that Spring Training is underway, Harper is expected to sign with a new team soon. Perhaps these mystery teams are reentering the mix for the former NL MVP, something which could be disastrous for the Phillies, who have had their sights set on bringing in a star player this offseason. 

​​Still, despite the rumblings from these two other teams, it seems that signs are pointing towards Harper ending up patrolling the outfield grass at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies. 


The White Sox and Padres have reportedly reduced their interest in Harper, but it's wholly possible that they were the teams who sent representatives to Las Vegas this weekend.