Report: Mets bringing Ike Davis back from the minors

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Ike Davis was demoted to the minors a little less than one month ago after he hit just .161 with five home runs and 66 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances, but he has apparently convinced the Mets that he’s fixed.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Davis will rejoin the Mets for tomorrow’s series opener against the Brewers. The 26-year-old first baseman batted .293/.424/.667 with seven home runs and a 18/17 K/BB ratio in 92 plate appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. He homered in each of his last two games.

Davis got into some bad habits at the plate prior to his demotion, but he has been working on his hitting mechanics with Las Vegas manager Wally Backman and hitting coach George Greer. The numbers look pretty impressive, but you obviously have to take production in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with a grain of salt. We’ll soon see if he made any tangible progress.

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.