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Report: Phillies “Optimistic” They'll Sign Bryce Harper Or Manny Machado

Posted On: Jan 13, 2019   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

After conducting a face-to-face meeting in Las Vegas with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper on Saturday, the Phillies “remain optimistic” they'll emerge from the offseason having signed him or free-agent infielder Manny Machado , Matt Breen of Philly.com reports. At the very least, the Phillies will be finalists for both Harper and Machado, Breen adds.
The Phillies entered the winter with owner John Middleton declaring that money wouldn't stand in the way of upgrading a team which has missed the playoffs seven years in a row. And signing either Harper or Machado has always stood out as the clearest path to improving the Phillies' roster, as the two 26-year-old superstars are easily the premier players on the open market. Given both the Phillies' financial might and their need for at least one of those players, it's “likely” they'll put forth the richest offers for both Harper and Machado, according to Breen.
If the Phillies are only able to pick one, it'd be Machado, whom they “seem to prefer,” Breen...

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