Cubs calling up veteran lefty Doug Davis for Saturday start

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Earlier this week the Cubs promoted Doug Davis from Single-A to Triple-A and now Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the veteran left-hander is set to join the Cubs’ rotation Saturday.

Davis managed only a minor-league contract coming off a season wrecked by injuries, including elbow surgery, but if healthy the 35-year-old southpaw has typically been a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter for the past decade or so.

It took only two solid starts in the minors to convince the Cubs to call him up even though they could have waited until May 30 under the terms of his contract, so clearly they think he’s still capable of contributing with Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner both sidelined by injuries.

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.