Report: Manny Machado not in love with Philadelphia either

Manny Machado is one of the most coveted free-agents ever. (Arturo Pardavila III)

Manny Machado visited Philadelphia – and took a picture with an electrical worker – last Thursday. It completed a week-long free-agent tour that also saw the four-time All-Star visit with the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. The tour may ultimately conclude with Machado signing a lucrative contract with the Phillies, though it increasingly looks like the Phillies would have to issue a record contract to lure the 26-year-old.

In fact, Joel Sherman of The New York Post says that there are rumblings that Machado, like Bryce Harper, isn’t enamored with Philadelphia:

Word is neither player [Machado or Harper] particularly likes Philadelphia and both would have preferred the Yankees, who have shown little interest in Harper.

It’s the worst-kept secret in sports that Machado, who grew up as a fan of Alex Rodriguez, is fond of the idea of playing for the Yankees. You always had a pretty good idea that the Phillies would have to outbid the Yankees to land Machado. But just how much they may have to overpay to keep Machado from heading to the Bronx – or the south side of Chicago, for that matter – was perhaps not as clear.

Last week, Jack Curry of the YES Network said that while the Yankees believe Machado wants to sign with them, they also think the Phillies are going to offer Machado 10 years, at least two more than they would feel comfortable going to. However, George A. King III of The New York Post reported over the weekend that there’s industry speculation that the Phillies may not be keen on the idea of offering Machado a 10-year deal.

It’s difficult to sift through things around this time of year. Everything is fluid in the offseason. The Phillies may prefer to sign Machado for eight or nine years, but that doesn’t mean they won’t ultimately issue a decade-long offer. Machado may prefer living in New York or Chicago than Philadelphia – most people without a connection to Philadelphia probably would – but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t accept an offer from the Phillies if it gave him the best financial security.

Given that managing partner John Middleton suggested the Phillies were prepared to “maybe even be a little stupid” about how they spent their money this offseason, it will be interesting to see just how far the team is willing to go in their pursuit. The Phillies have added Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura this offseason, but if they don’t walk away with one of Machado or Harper, it would be a tough sell to a fanbase that has looked forward to this offseason for years.


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  1. Richie Rich

    December 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    While its true that most World Series teams are built through developing home grown talent, I see nothing wrong with trying to speed up the process by acquiring top flight free agent talent. For years we were sent signals that they would resist giving out big contracts in anticipation of spending big on this historic class of free agents. Signing this big free agent does not prevent them from continuing to develop young talent, and to chicken out now when it comes to spending on free agents would be a huge disappointment and akin to perpetrating a years-long fraud on the fanbase.

  2. mudmin

    December 27, 2018 at 8:53 am

    How is it that we all know that the backend of a Machado/Harper contract is going to be terrible for the organization and yet everyone considers the offseason a bust if we don’t sign either? They’re both extremely talented but both have enough character issues (attitude/hustle) that I would prefer not to have either.

    Neither of these guys has won jack in the league and if Manny didn’t help LA win it all last year, he probably won’t help us this year.

    • BB

      December 27, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Agreed. Getting tired of this whole non-event involving the Two Kingpins. Anything over 5 years is financial suicide, and although both are incredible talents, I don’t see the ‘winner’ light flashing in either Harper or Machado. Let ’em gum up the Bronx or wherever.

  3. Christopher

    December 27, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Here’s how I see it. If the players don’t like Philadelphia the heck with them. Go after players who want to be here. If you pay these players alot of money and they come they will not play hard, cause problems and then demand a trade in the long run. I definitely would not want a player that doesn’t like my city and team playing for my organization, but hey we are talking about the Phillies who always do the opposite, disrespect the fans y not listening and not caring to what we think.

  4. Mandy

    December 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I certainly agree with Christopher. If they don’t want to be here, fine. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

  5. Jeff Orbach

    December 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    If neither one of them likes Philadelphia and we know this is a fact not something ginned up by NY Sports Writers. Then I would probably call their agents and tell them to go sign with who they want to play for and drop out of the bidding, then see what happens…

    if we’re not driving up the prices, they will sign for a whole lot less with the Yankees and Dodgers or Cubs.

    I would give Tulo a chance and see if we can work a deal with the Mariners for Seager and Haniger.

    Problem solved…

  6. Jeffrey Orbcah

    December 28, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Is it possible that having a unconventional manager, might factor in to some of the decisions the free agents might make?

  7. jeffrey orbach

    December 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Does having an uncoventional manager make a difference for these free agents when they chose a team.

    • Matthew Veasey

      December 29, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      The manager could absolutely play a role in such a big decision for a player. Whether that is the case with the Phillies at present? No way of knowing, unless somehow the player or agent or some other reliable source puts that information out.

  8. bill neftleberg

    December 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Philadelphia is a workman like town, Machado and Harper are Prima Donnas, definitely not a fit here.

    id uch rather bring in Keuchel and Britton

  9. Bill

    December 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Me, I’m glad Cutch wants to play here. The rest? Who cares.

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