The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to make some moves this offseason that most of us would struggle to execute in our fantasy leagues or in MLB: The Show.
According to a report from insider Jon Heyman, the Phillies are planning on making a splash in the free-agent market, and are not against the idea of creating hot stove inferno by splashing incredible cash and signing both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Given the opportunity to shoot down rumors they could go for both Harper and Machado, a Philly person did not do it. Everything’s on the table it seems. They clearly aim to win. #phillies— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 6, 2018
The stars seem to be aligning in Philadelphia after six consecutive losing seasons, as a perfect storm of uber-talented free agents and available payroll dollars have come together for the oncoming winter.
As of today, the Phillies are only on the hook for around $69 million in 2019, as young talents such as Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins are still under highly affordable team control. This gives them about $100 million to play with between trades, arbitration cases and free agents this year, which is more than enough to sign Harper and Machado if they can make the perfect sales pitch.
While landing both may not be terribly realistic, it's not impossible given the fact that MLB's usual big spenders may sit out on the two young studs.
-Cubs have "limited payroll flexibility"— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) November 2, 2018
-Yankees "won't pursue Harper" and "lukewarm" on Machado
-Red Sox over luxury tax, already have WS team
Everything has lined up for the Phillies. It's a failure If they don't get one of Harper/Machado this winter.
The Phillies have one of the best young cores in the league, and play in a park where balls fly out with the flick of a wrist. Being aggressive this offseason is the way to go for them, as they are an attractive destination and a sizable market.
Signing either of these players could transform last year's 80-82 team to a serious World Series contender for years to come.