The Philadelphia Phillies front office – including owner John Middleton – is flying to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with prized free agent Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, in their first face-to-face talks, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke to USA TODAY only on the condition of anonymity since they are in the early stage of negotiations.
Phillies GM Matt Klentak met with Boras during the winter meetings in Las Vegas to discuss the player, but Harper and his wife, Kayla, did not attend.
This will be the third known team that Harper has talked directly with during his free-agency, earlier speaking to the Chicago White Sox in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Harper met with White Sox president Ken Williams and GM Rick Hahn, along with Hall of Famer Jim Thome in November, but White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf did not attend the meeting. It’s unknown which Dodger officials attended the meeting with Harper and Boras in mid-November.