Somehow, Bartolo Colon is missing

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White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon has gone missing.

The right-hander, who was supposed to be making a minor league rehab
start on Thursday, has yet to show up at Triple-A Charlotte. The team
has been in contact with Colon’s agent, but not with the pitcher
himself.

In fact, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
“the team has had little, if any, contact between Colon and the White
Sox since he went on the disabled list with a sore left knee and his
spot in the rotation has been filled by Jose Contreras.”

The newspaper reports that Colon pulled a similar stunt last season
with Boston, and White Sox GM Kenny Williams doesn’t sound too
concerned.

If he’s out there Thursday, and shows a better mix between his
breaking ball and fastball, he’s got a place here. If he doesn’t, he
doesn’t have a place here. Only he can dictate if he’s ready.”

I bet they could get him to show up if they pulled out one of these.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.