By Sam Bush

Are the Phillies still interested in signing both big free agents, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper?

No Philly reporter is better-wired than MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, who says this:

The Phillies remain interested in Machado.

In fact, there are indications they prefer him over Harper.

Now, Machado is not an iconic player like Harper. He is not as accomplished a hitter as Harper. But he is one of the

It is why Machado has a career 33.8 WAR, while Harper has a career 27.4 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference.

If the Phils can convince Machado to play third base — his best position — they will have one of the best left sides of the infield in baseball for years.

Oh, Machado could come at a lower price than Harper, too.