After falling just a little bit short of making the playoffs in 2018, the Philadelphia Phillies seem determined this off-season to ensure they'll be playing next October.
The #Phillies say they’re still interested in signing Manny Machado to play third, as well as Bryce Harper in the outfield and Patrick Corbin on the mound. Hey, it’s only money, right?— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 3, 2018
It's hard to imagine the Phillies getting all three free agents, but they seem determined enough to get at least one of them. They'd probably be better off prioritizing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, as offense was a big issue for the team last season.
It has been suggested a Segura deal wouldn’t preclude Machado for Philly (theoretically, one could play SS, the other 3B) but Phils are thought likely to focus on one free agent mega star at a time and most believe their first focus will be on Bryce, not Manny.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 3, 2018
With the trade for Segura, the infield is beginning to look pretty crowded. Outfielder Bryce Harper may be a better target, as the team is in need of at least one outfielder.
With the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves making noise recently with big acquisitions of their own, the Phillies have seen them with the trade for Segura and now appear to be raising them by possibly signing at least one of the big free agents on the market.