​The Phillies are ready to go all-in this offseason on free agent spending, and Manny Machado's young bat is a perfect target for a franchise ready to make a statement.


But, not at the ​midseason mark.


According to reports, Philadelphia's going to ignore Dan Duquette's still-hefty asking price in favor of chasing Machado again over the winter.

​​This offseason, Machado would be the most logical free agent fit in Philly, a team that's been unable to establish 23-year-old J.P. Crawford at the big league level at short; Crawford's bat just won't cooperate, as he's hit just .194 in 2018. Scott Kingery likely has more value as a utility man than as a full-time shortstop anyway. 


He's also not Machado.

While we love the player/city fit, we respect taking your hat out of the summer derby. It's starting to feel more like a two-horse race for Machado between NL West rivals ​the Dodgers and D-Backs, while the rest of the hungry suitors will revisit things with no restrictions at the Winter Meetings.


Based on last year's J.D. Martinez chase, you have a far better chance to woo Machado in free agency if he's dealt to Arizona in July.