Even after signing Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta, the financial flexibility the Phillies have for 2019 and beyond is significant. If there is a player they want, they can sign them.
Manny Machado and Bryce Harper (above) are the big fish in this free agent crop and I’m going to go on record right now: One of those two players will be playing in Philadelphia next season.
“They’ll get one,” one baseball executive opined.
The fit, financial flexibility, the opportunity to play in one of the best cities to play sports — joining a strong core of young talent. Having Carson Wentz, Joel Embiid and one of Harper/Machado as the faces of your three major sports teams seems ideal. By the beginning of 2019, it’s possible: