Orlando Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals

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Orlando Hudson is a 33-year-old who’s never stolen more than 10 bases in a season and the Twins let him walk as a free agent while talking about wanting to add more speed to the lineup at his position.

All of which makes this pretty remarkable: Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals in just 28 games.

He’s typically been an efficient base-stealer, but Hudson has never even attempted more than 15 steals in a season. Right now he’s on pace to go 56-for-56.

Dan Hayes of the North County Times writes that, unlike Hudson’s previous teams, the Padres are encouraging him to run freely, and Hudson explained all the running by noting that San Diego’s lineup isn’t well-suited for station-to-station ball so he’s “doing whatever I can to get that extra base.”

All true, but it’s worth noting that despite all that running Hudson has only scored nine runs in 28 games. His fantasy owners are no doubt thrilled, but it hasn’t had much of an on-field impact yet.

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.