The Padres drafted Johnny Manziel

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In the 28th round of the MLB first-year player draft, the Padres selected Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M University, 837th overall. You are more familiar with him from his exploits in football — the Cleveland Browns drafted him in the first round, 22nd overall, of the recent NFL draft.

It’s not unheard of for a team to draft a two-sport star where baseball is clearly on the back burner. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and reported to Single-A Tri-City. He posted a .713 OPS in 143 plate appearances. The next season, he finished with a .708 OPS in 236 PA for Single-A Asheville.

As with Wilson, you can expect Manziel to focus on football rather than baseball.

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.