8:32 pm: There is a meeting with Heyman Tweets but the thing with Harper's goal is not yet completed. There are other teams involved at this point.
8:44 pm: Private planes and visits to Las Vegas were prominently featured in the ad for the free agent outfielder Bryce Harper and this is true again tonight. Phillies owner John Middleton ̵
"Team Bryce" (19659004). Probably the player, his wife, his agent Scott Boras and others are also in Sin City right now, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network ( Twitter link ). This makes it easy to envisage an upcoming nocturnal rendezvous between representatives of the most willing donor of the open market and his biggest star – even though Middleton seems to be on his own, without President Andy MacPhail or GM Matt Klentak.
Of course, we still have no concrete indication that a meeting is in progress. At this stage of the procedure, however, the (apparently strong) possibility must be carefully considered. Eventually, Harper took center stage when Manny Machado recently signed a ten-year, $ 300 million pact with the Padres. He was picked up in the spotlight by the Phils who, after entering the winter with the expectation of landing a superstar, reached the third place in the bid for Machado.
These teams already had a personal pow-wow in early January. This was maybe more of a meeting and a great thing. One should not ask whether a repeated visit should conclude the agreement of a very large contract. Middleton and Boras combined Jake Arrieta in a new private jet to his new home last winter. It could be that they are making similar arrangements now.
Market developments have remained mysterious since Machado agreed to the terms. It came to the language (see here and here) that the Phillies felt like a commander, with the Giants still involved, the Padres trying to see if they could somehow make an overwhelming double, and the White Sox themselves got out of joint. Apparently, today's relatives said they were on the sidelines.