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Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Phillies maintain interest in free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

As Heyman notes though, their interest in Moustakas is likely entirely reliant on how their pursuit of Manny Machado turns out. The 30-year-old slugger hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 homers and 95 RBI in 152 games between the Royals and Brewers in 2018.
Jan 19 - 6:32 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies "have visions" of signing Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, and Craig Kimbrel.

It would be a heck of a late-offseason coup. Phillies higher-ups had a lengthy in-person meeting with Harper on Saturday in his hometown of Las Vegas, and it apparently went so well that the team has shifted its primary focus more toward Harper than Manny Machado. Fancred's Jon Heyman hears that the Philadelphia front office has either already made a formal offer to the 26-year-old outfielder or will make one very soon. Keuchel and Kimbrel should come relatively cheap given the current sad state of MLB free agency, though a package of all three would still likely cost more than $400 million in total guarantees.
Jan 15 - 5:49 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies' meeting with Bryce Harper on Saturday went so well that the team "might be shifting their focus from Manny Machado to Harper."

Zolecki adds that the Phillies were "remarkably impressed with Harper and his wife" when the two parties met in Las Vegas. It's essentially backing up a previous report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, which said the Phillies "have emerged as the clear-cut favorite" to sign Harper. Philadelphia looks like a shoo-in to sign one of the two mega free agents, and it's sounding like Harper might be the likelier of the two at this point. Per Nightengale, Philly is expected to make a formal offer to Harper this week.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 13 - 2:37 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Phillies "have emerged as the clear-cut favorite" to sign Bryce Harper following a five-hour meeting with the outfielder Saturday.

Nightengale adds that the Phillies "have become the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Harper, while the odds of a reunion with the Nationals for the outfielder are now a "long shot." The report comes on the heels of one from Matt Breen of Philly.com, which stated that the Phillies "remain optimistic that they will end the offseason with either (Bryce) Harper or (Manny) Machado on their roster." Per Nightengale, the Phillies have not made a formal offer to Harper yet but are expected to do so this week. It has seemed that Philly prefers Machado to Harper, but Nightengale writes that "they are prepared to make the largest offer to each of them," and are "refusing to rule out the possibility" of signing both free agents.
Source: USA Today
Jan 13 - 1:43 PM

A source tells Matt Breen of Philly.com that the Phillies "remain optimistic that they will end the offseason with either (Bryce) Harper or (Manny) Machado on their roster."

The team met with Harper in Las Vegas on Saturday and was also a stop on Machado's recent free agency tour. They've got the money to do it and have watched as other potentially serious suitors have seemingly dropped out of the running for one or the other, so they should feel good about their chances of landing either Harper or Machado. Which one, when and how much they'll have to pay the player -- if they even end up landing one -- remain to be seen.
Source: Philly.com
Jan 12 - 11:41 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the representatives for Manny Machado are saying that there's a mystery team in the mix along with the White Sox and Phillies.

Ah, the always interesting mystery team. Of course, the validity of this remains to be seen, as it could just be a clever ploy to try to drive up the offers from the Phillies and White Sox. Machado is still reportedly seeking a deal in excess of $300 million, though there's no indication yet that he'll wind up with anything close to that figure.
Jan 11 - 6:35 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the White Sox "continue to try hard" in their pursuit of free agent superstar Manny Machado.

It sure sounds like the White Sox are not willing to meet Machado's current asking price of $300-325 million, but perhaps nobody will. The Phillies and Yankees are the only other two teams believed to be involved at this point, and there has been no word of anything close to a $300 million-plus offer. Heyman notes that the White Sox "appear to have at least given themselves a real chance."
Jan 10 - 2:33 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, neither the Phillies nor the White Sox have offered close to the $300 million-plus that free agent Manny Machado is seeking.

There isn't so much pressure for them to go that high when the Yankees seem only willing to sign him at a bargain rate and no one else is in the mix at all. The market for Machado should be significantly hotter, but the entire league is more fixated on profits than winning. That's the view here on January 9, anyway. Machado, 26, slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 games last year between the Orioles and Dodgers.
Jan 9 - 2:32 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the White Sox and Phillies are monitoring the Mike Moustakas market.

It sounds like Moustakas is the fallback plan for each club should Manny Machado sign elsewhere. Morosi also pegs the Padres as a "potential suitor" for Moustakas, or a potential trade destination for Maikel Franco if the Phillies wind up landing Machado -- believed to be their top target, even ahead of Bryce Harper. Moustakas, 30, batted .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 162 games last year between the Royals and Brewers.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 8 - 8:38 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies are expected to make another offer to Manny Machado this week.

The details of the Phillies' preliminary offer are unclear, but it appears they will bump it up this week. While Philadelphia has a meeting with Bryce Harper scheduled for this Saturday, Salisbury says they "remain primarily interested" in Machado among the two mega free agents. Machado also has an offer in hand from the White Sox and the Yankees are very interested in the infielder, as well.
Jan 7 - 10:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Phillies will meet with Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, in Las Vegas on Saturday.

General manager Matt Klentak met with Boras during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas last month, but Harper was not at the meeting. The meeting set to take place Saturday will include Harper, Boras, Klentak and also owner John Middleton. Middleton, of course, made headlines back in November when he said the Phillies "maybe even be a little bit stupid" about how much money they plan to spend this offseason. For what it's worth, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia says the Phillies "remain primarily interested" in Manny Machado.
Source: USA Today
Jan 7 - 5:34 PM

According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, the Nationals are considered the favorites to land superstar free agent Bryce Harper.

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reported earlier in the day on Friday that the Nationals' offer to Harper was for "much more" than the $300 million that was initially reported. The folks that Duarte has spoken to indicate that they would be surprised if Harper turned that offer down. The Phillies are still believed to be in the mix here as well, but it sounds like they'll have to up their offer if they want to steal Harper away from the Nats.
Jan 4 - 7:30 PM

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told reporters on Thursday that they're hoping to meet with Bryce Harper soon.

Klentak also said that the visit with Manny Machado before Christmas was productive, and that he expects dialogue to continue. There were reports shortly before the end of the year that Harper and Machado weren't keen on Philadelphia, but those reports might have been overstated, and a large amount of cash on your front door can certainly help change your perspective. It sounds like the Phillies are very much alive for both players, for now.
Jan 3 - 4:21 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Phillies have signed reliever David Robertson to a two-year, $23 million contract.

He'll earn $10 million in 2019, $11 million in 2020, and there is a $12 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2021. Robertson has already passed a physical and the deal is done, per Feinsand. The 33-year-old right-hander also drew reported interest this winter from the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels, but the Phillies apparently made the best offer and could give him the opportunity to return to a full-time closer gig, or possibly share it with Seranthony Dominguez. Robertson registered a 3.23 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 91/26 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2018, earning five saves and 21 holds.
Jan 3 - 1:29 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies appear to be "getting close" on a deal with free agent reliever David Robertson.

It sounds like there will be an announcement shortly. Robertson, 33, had also been drawing interest from the Red Sox, Angels, and Yankees.
Jan 3 - 1:27 PM

WEEI's Rob Bradford writes that the market for Craig Kimbrel "would seem to be down to the Red Sox, Philadelphia, and maybe Atlanta."

Bradford cites major league sources for his "synopsis of the situation." Things have been very quiet on the Kimbrel front since Jayson Stark of The Athletic reported on December 12 that the free agent closer was seeking a six-year contract worth north of $100 million. That lofty asking price also seems to be stalling negotiations around fellow free agent relievers Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton, and David Robertson. Bradford suggests that the Red Sox and Braves are likely waiting for Kimbrel's price to drop and the Phillies are currently caught up in the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sweepstakes.
Source: WEEI.com
Jan 3 - 12:54 PM

The Phillies and Bryce Harper are set for a face-to-face meeting soon, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The meeting will take place in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas. The Phillies are still in the mix for Manny Machado as well, and it will be a disappointment if they don't land one of the two big free agents. Harper has also drawn interest from the White Sox, Cubs and Dodgers.
Jan 2 - 12:05 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says Robbie Ray may be the next player traded by the Diamondbacks this offseason.

The Phillies and Astros are "very interested" in the southpaw, per Cafardo. Ray posted a somewhat disappointing 3.93 ERA in 24 starts last year, but he's supremely talented and under team control until after the 2020 season. For those reasons, he wouldn't come cheap, but with the D'backs in full-on rebuild mode it's not hard to see them make him available to teams.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 29, 2018 07:16:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Phillies to this point have been unwilling to give Dallas Keuchel the five-year contract offer he desires.

Patrick Corbin landed a six-year deal, but he's a year and a half younger than Keuchel and also has the higher upside, so whether Keuchel is ultimately able to get a five-year pact remains to be seen. The Rangers, Angels, Brewers and Padres are some other clubs known to have interest in the veteran left-hander.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:59:00 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Manny Machado will not pick a new team before the end of the year.

Machado visited the three clubs known to be interested in him -- the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies -- this week but evidently plans to take his time with a decision. While there have been whispers about some mystery teams getting involved, it would be a surprise at this point if Machado winds up with a team outside of the aforementioned three.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 04:27:00 PM


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