Sure, the Mets' new GM will have full autonomy

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CBS Sports.com’s Danny Knobler reports something fun: despite saying that the Mets’ new general manager will have full autonomy, the team has told current scouts that they’ll know about their future next week. Which, as Knobler notes, is before a new GM will be in place.

I guess it’s possible that there’s a musical chairs aspect of the scouting game in that, at a certain time of year, everyone is scrambling for jobs with the good ones in demand and all of that. But really, if a GM can’t be in charge of reviewing his existing scouting corps, what is he really in charge of?

While we ponder that question, however, we should probably all read Larry Stone’s latest post in the Seattle Times. It’s about the Mariners, but it makes a good observation that Mets fans — and bashers like me — should keep in mind: when things go bad, it’s easy to interpret every little move as bad. Even the innocuous things. I’m a bit skeptical of the move, but maybe the deal with the scouts falls into that category.

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.