Magglio Ordonez might want to continue playing

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When veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez fractured his right ankle last week for the second time in 14 months, many assumed that the 37-year-old would be forced to hang up his baseball cleats for good.

But that might not be the case.

According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ordonez “is said to want to keep playing” and the “initial belief” is that the renewed ankle fracture will not force him to call it quits prematurely on his 15-year career.

Ordonez is set to become a free agent this winter, and finding legitimate suitors could be a challenge because of his age and recent injury history.

The Caracas, Venezuela native also batted just .255/.303/.331 with only five home runs and 32 RBI in 357 plate appearances this season while showing diminished range defensively. But maybe he’ll find a club desperate to add a “veteran presence.” Those type of teams still exist, right?

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.