Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

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Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend:

Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town
for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig,
the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can
make a comeback!”

Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and cap — areas where the 314-game
winner may have concealed greasy kid stuff to throw his notorious
spitball — Selig responded, “What rules need to be changed?”

Said Perry, “I think you know!”

I think it’s great that the Commissioner and Perry can joke about cheating to gain a competitive advantage.  Maybe if Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds “ambled” and joked more they’d get into the Hall of Fame just like Perry did.

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.