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Bryce Harper to meet with the Phillies

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The cold-as-ice hot stove shows no signs of heating up, but perhaps this will trick us into feeling some warmth: NBC Sports Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Bryce Harper is going to meet with the Phillies.

They’re actually going to go out to Las Vegas to meet with him. Which is where all the teams were a month ago for the Winter Meetings, during which Harper and his agent reportedly took meetings with teams all week in a hotel suite down the street. Were the Phillies just not invited then? Is there new information that has arisen in the past month that must be obtained?

Harper: So.

Phillies: So.

Phillies: Um, are you still good at baseball?

Harper: Think so. You guys still want an outfielder?

Phillies: Think so.

Then, I presume, another month will pass, with Harper’s signing just barely crowding out stories about un-signed free agents forming an impromptu training camp at IMG Academy in Florida, after which 60% of them take minor league deals and/or retire.

God, baseball is amazing these days.

Chris Paddack loses no-hit bid in eighth inning vs. Marlins

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Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.

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Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.

The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.

Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.

Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.