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.
Source says Phillies have moved on from Machado for now, as Orioles’ asking price is too high. My colleague @ToddZolecki reported yesterday that the Phillies were “considered longshots” for Machado.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 6, 2018
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.
I keep hearing that teams aren't close to offering what the #Orioles want for Manny Machado. He's an amazing player, but he's still a rental, and Baltimore's expectations just don't jibe with the way the market values rental players these days. Something has to give.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 6, 2018
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.