By Mary Cunningham

The Phillies are still basking in the glow of the Jake Arrieta signing, which gives them a front-line pitcher whose Cy Young award is less than three years old!

And now they can concentrate on position players they can poach with their deep pockets.

Next offseason, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will headline what some believe will be the greatest free-agent class in baseball history. ESPN Insider Buster Olney appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic yesterday, and told Anthony Gargano and Bob Cooney that he expects one of the two superstars will end up signing with the Phillies:

“Anthony, as you know, I grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont. I would bet the family farm back in Vermont that one of those two guys is going to wind up with the Phillies. Look, the Yankees, when they traded for Giancarlo Stanton, that pretty much took them out of the mix on Bryce Harper. And we know that Bryce is someone who is going to be talked a lot about next winter. And on top of that, Brian Cashman, the general manager of the Yankees, he is at the top of that list [of risk-averse general managers]. He does not like risk. People have connected Bryce Harper and Manny Machado (above) to the Dodgers. Andrew Friedman who runs the Dodgers hates risk. The idea of a 10-year/$350 million contract is not something that those guys are going to do.”

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