Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton is believed to be leaning toward choosing Joe Girardi as the club's next manager, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

However, the team's front office also likes veteran skipper Buck Showalter, according to Heyman.

Girardi, 55, is in Philadelphia on Monday for a second meeting with the team and is the "clear favorite for that job," David Kaplan of ESPN reports.