Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

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Because of the long weekend and a lot of personal hubbub on my end in the past 24 hours, the stars just didn’t properly align for a full-blown Power Rankings this week.  But, considering that all you people like to do is moan and/or cheer the rankings themselves rather than comment about the little blurbs, I figure this will get us through the week.

As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis.

THE BATMAN TEAMS (Awesome, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise)

1. Phillies (1)

2. Yankees (3)

3. Red Sox (2)

4. Brewers (4)

5. Braves (5)

THE CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAMS (Cool, dangerous, yet not without their vulnerabilities)

6. Tigers (7)

7. Rangers (6)

8. Diamondbacks (10)

9. Angels (9)

9. Rays (8)

THE SUPERMAN TEAMS (Big, popular and treated like they’re something special, but they really kind of suck and are boring)

11. Cardinals (12)

12. Giants (11)

THE GREEN LANTERN TEAMS (At various times impressive but ultimately quite forgettable and, frankly, interchangeable)

13. Indians (16)

14. White Sox (15)

15. Blue Jays (14)

16. Reds (13)

THE JOKER TEAMS (So much in wasted resources and talents. And for what? Evil ends.)

17. Dodgers (17)

18. Mets (19)

THE FLASH TEAMS (interesting at times, but really, what’s the point?)

19. Rockies (18)

20. Nationals (20)

21. Athletics (23)

22. Pirates (21)

THE CYPHER TEAMS (basically powerless, poorly conceived)

23. Marlins (24)

24. Cubs (27)

25. Padres (22)

THE AQUAMAN TEAMS (utterly useless)

26. Royals (26)

27. Mariners (25)

28. Twins (28)

29. Orioles (29)

30. Astros (30)

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.