The Philadelphia Phillies are a young team on the rise, and whether it be the trade deadline this year or in free agency after the season, they'll be major players for Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. Trade talks for the Orioles All-Star are heating up, and the Phillies seem to be one of the favorites to land him. If that's the case, here are three Phillies prospects the Orioles should target in any Machado trade.
3. SS Arquimedes Gamboa
If the Orioles can't get Philadelphia's big league shortstop J.P. Crawford in a Machado deal, Phillies shortstop prospect Arquimedes Gamboa should be a player they target. The 20-year-old is a ways away from reaching the highest level, but he has all the tools, especially defensively, to be a complete shortstop at the big league level.
2. OF Adam Haseley
Outfield prospect Adam Haseley was Philadelphia's first round pick last year, and with Adam Jones on his way out because of free agency, he could be Baltimore's future center fielder. Haseley has all the makings of a five-tool center fielder, and because he was drafted out of college, he could be a fast riser to the big leagues.
1. RHP Adonis Medina
The Phillies' top prospect is right-hander Sixto Sanchez, who would unlikely be available in a Machado deal. However, their No. 2 prospect is right-hander Adonis Medina, who possesses a big time heater, a sharp slider and an above average changeup.
According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Orioles would have a better chance acquiring Medina than big league starter Zach Eflin, who has been really good for the Phillies in 11 starts this season (2.97 ERA). Baltimore needs as much pitching talent as possible, and if they hook up with the Phillies for a Machado deal, Medina and/or Sanchez has to be the centerpiece.