Aussie baseball star Brad Harman faces a nervous wait
WILL Melbourne Aces short stop Brad Harman end up back in the Major League this year?
The answer you get will vary, depending on who you talk to.
Following Team Australia's terrific series against the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, losing 4-2 to the highly-fancied Dodgers and beating the D-backs 5-0, strong mail emerged Harman was close to signing a deal with the Phoenix-based club.
Harman has Major League experience, playing with the Philadelphia Phillies in their 2008 World Series-winning season.
The Diamondbacks could certainly do with more experience on their roster - they were outplayed in all three games of their recent tour Down Under, with the Dodgers also beating them twice.
"(Diamondbacks assistant general manager) Craig Shipley has been looking at Brad, and is keen to get an experienced defender over there to help out the younger players at the club," Baseball Australia's head of development and coaching Peter Gahan told APN.
"Craig's after someone who can make clean plays. Brad won't necessarily play in the big leagues, but he could be a valuable mentor to the younger players at the club.
"I'm not sure where it's all at, at this stage."
Team Australia coach Jon Deeble said Harman had been in the sights of some Major League scouts, but did not confirm he would end up at the Diamondbacks.
"Not necessarily the Diamondbacks. There have been a number of teams who have enquired about whether he's interested in going back and playing," he said.
"He's got to make that decision. His wife's due to have a baby in May - they've just built a house.
"I really haven't talked to him to see what his interest is, but there's been interest from a few clubs for him."
Deeble said Harman, 28, would be able to handle himself in the highest levels of US baseball if he received the opportunity.
"Absolutely. His defence is amazing. He can play short stop for any Major League team, no doubt about it," he said.
Harman said he'd be delighted to try his luck once again in the States - but he was still waiting by the phone.
"To be honest, I've had absolutely no contact," he told APN.
"I'd love to be able to get on a plane, get out of work and go over there to play baseball.
"It'd be great if it happened, but I've received no contact as yet.
"I love mentoring young players at the Aces and in the Australian team - it's a role I've been happy to embrace."