UPDATE: Despite coaching job, Jason Isringhausen is still open to continuing his career

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UPDATE: Isringhausen’s agent told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client is not retired. The coaching job is a volunteer position, so he’s still opening to pitching another season in the big leagues.

3:15 PM: Jason Isringhausen went back and forth about retiring all offseason, but I guess this means he’s definitely calling it a career:

SIUE baseball Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin has announced the addition of Major League pitcher Jason Isringhausen to his staff. Isringhausen, a native of Brighton, Ill., will serve as a pitching coach for the Cougars.

SIUE stands for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which has 14,000 students and boasts an alumni list that includes Bill Plaschke, Dewayne Staats, Clay Zavada, Jeff Tweedy, and Kathleen Madigan.

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.