The Indians move Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen

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You only get a couple of chances in life. Unless you’re Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who seems to have gotten a dozen. He’s been up and down and back up again. He’s failed at the major league level for the most part but, since he has timed those flashes of quality just right and since he has run out of minor league options, he has always managed to hold on.

He’s holding on again, at least for now. Carrasco has posted a 6.95 ERA through four appearances this season and has lost his spot in the rotation. The Indians have moved him to the bullpen. As a result they will use Zach McAllister on three days’ rest tomorrow and, in all likelihood, Trevor Bauer will be called up to fill Carrasco’s spot in the rotation. Bauer has looked like a totally different pitcher this spring, one who is finally ready to fulfill his promise.

As for Carassco, he’s still in the bigs. But you have to think that Cleveland is about at the end of its rope with him.

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.