Bryce Harper meeting with Padres as both sides determine level of interest

Bryce Harper meeting with Padres as both sides determine level of interest

The San Diego Padres are meeting Thursday afternoon with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper in Las Vegas to determine whether they should actively pursue him.

The meeting is precursory to gauge interest from both sides, an official with direct knowledge of the talks told USA TODAY Sports,. Harper lives in Las Vegas, a five-hour drive from San Diego, but the Padres are a small-market team and have a glut of young outfielders, although none with Harper’s talent.

The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting and its purpose.

Harper, 26, has been actively engaged with the Philadelphia Phillies, and to a lesser extent, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals. 

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