Oh, the White Sox are bringing in Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay because they train with Manny Machado in Miami?
Well, two can play at that game.
Late Thursday night, the Phillies announced the hiring of Bobby Dickerson, formerly the Orioles' third base coach during Manny Machado's tenure with the team. He'll hold a big league role with the Phils and--they hope--continue his mentorship of Machado in a new city.
Phillies are hiring Bobby Dickerson as a coach to their big-league staff, sources confirm @masnRoch. Dickerson is a mentor to Manny Machado from their Baltimore days. Interesting development. This @danconnolly2016 story explains their close relationship: https://t.co/34mQ9RPMWd— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) January 11, 2019
The 53-year-old Dickerson was with the Orioles from 2011-2018, and you'd have to think Philly laid out a fairly detailed plan in order to convince him to leave his previous home to join, essentially, their extended Machado recruitment.
What an intriguing race this is. It's family in Chicago, de facto family in Philadelphia, and (what we believe to be) the man's preference in New York, all things being equal.
Manny Machado & him are extremely close, from what I’ve been told. Will it help in end? Sure, but club wanting to land Machado has to pay him, still. https://t.co/JLWvE1pAlC— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) January 11, 2019
But said "things" aren't anywhere close to being equal, are they? Machado has yearned for over $300 million, but Chicago certainly hasn't offered anywhere close to that yet, topping out around $200 million. Philadelphia's playing in the lower end of that pool, too. The Yankees haven't even made an official offer, either shrewdly waiting out the bidding or ignoring the chase entirely and feigning interest.
Philly just countered Chicago's ploys, though. And this one feels like it could really shift momentum.