By Sam Bush
So, what if the Phils fail to sign free agent infielder Manny Machado?
Here’s the back-up plan:
How about free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.
But, according to a report from Fancred Sports, which cites unidentified league sources, the team’s pursuit of him could depend on what happens with Machado:
Phillies have interest in Mike Moustakas. A Move for Moose likely depends on how Machado pursuit works out for them, though.
Moustakas is coming off of a year in which he batted .251 with 28 home runs and 95 RBIs between the Royals and Brewers.
His 28 homers is the second most he has hit in a season and a good sign as he proved his recent power he discovered in 2017 to prove it was not a flash in the pan.
Moustakas hit 38 home runs in 2017 and now has 66 over his last two seasons. He had never hit more than 22 before 2017.
The two-time All-Star played the 2018 season on a one-year deal. He ultimately didn’t sign a long-term contract with a team possibly because the Royals extended him a qualifying offer which forces teams to surrender a draft pick in order to sign the player.
There is no qualifying offer on Moustakas this season and he will likely have to wait until Machado signs to get himself a deal.
Machado has met with the Phillies this offseason but it is unclear if they made him an offer or not. He reportedly got a seven-year, $175 million offer from the White Sox, but his agent disputed that number.
Many believe he will get a deal — with the Phillies or not — in the eight-plus and $200 million or more range.