The Marlins designate Jacob Turner for assignment

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Just over two years ago, Jacob Turner was the main piece sent by the Tigers to the Marlins for Anibal Sanchez. Today: he’s been designated for assignment, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. I guess that means that Detroit won the trade, eh? Or maybe not. Miami called up Brian Flynn to take his place and he came over in the same trade. Maybe there’s still hope. Or not.

Quite a fall for Turner, who was once one of the better-thought-of pitching prospects around. He was given every opportunity to succeed in the Marlins rotation before being demoted to the bullpen in June, but has complied an 8-19 record with a 4.41 ERA over 47 appearances, 37 of them starting.

Turner is only 23, of course, and could very easily turn it around. Someone will likely take a chance on him. Miami, however, has apparently seen enough.

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.