Will the Phillies Pay Baseball’s First $400 Million Man?

Jim Adair - March 20, 2017

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a report from Buster Olney – one-form-above Ken Rosenthal in a baseball reporter Russian Nesting Doll – that the Phillies can and will be in on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado after the 2018 season. “Adding a Harper or a Machado won’t just be about adding the player and production,” Olney said on the Baseball Tonight podcast. “It’ll also be about a reset for fans. This is going be someone you market around.” He also mentioned those two (and undoubtedly Mike Trout when his current deal is up) getting a $400 million contract.

In April, a Vegas sportsbook gave the Phillies the fifth best odds to land Harper, and set his contract line at 12 years, $450 million. Earlier this month, Jon Heyman gave the Phils 5-1 odds to sign Bryce (third-best), writing:

If not the Nats, the Yankees and Phillies do appear to be the most logical landing spots, and you hear them a lot in connection with Harper, as both teams are in rebuilds now (the Yankees’ is more of a modified rebuild) and have deep pockets, though one deeper than the other.

An anonymous scout called Machado, not Harper, baseball’s first $400-million man.

So exactly how thick are those wallets? John Middleton’s cigar-lined pockets could shake loose enough change to overpay a mid-level free agent without even checking with the other faceless Phillies owners (and if POWERS wants to help out, he’s got that movie money). But where do the Phils stand salary-wise?

After this year, the Phillies have a financial commitment, locked in, to exactly one (1) player: Odubel Herrera. The 2018 season will be the first arbitration year for both Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco, while Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez are both in the latter years of their arbitration eligibility. Twenty of the Phils’ 30 active payroll spots are taken up by pre-arbitration players. Their 2017 total, as it stands now, is $102.96 million. Their 2018 total is $16.35 million. And in 2019 (the season they’d be adding their big-money man), they have just $5.35 million committed, all to Herrera.

Both Harper and Machado would be in for enormous raises. This season, Harper is making $13.6 million. Machado is making $11.5 million. Both salaries will go up next year through arbitration (or in an effort to avoid it). Both Manny and Bryce will only be 26 years old entering the market (!!!), which is nearly unheard of. But would the Phillies really hand out that kind of money? A $400 million deal would cost about about $57 million more than the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy – and you’d really hope for better production. Here was Matt Klentak’s answer when asked about a possible $300-400 million player:

When you factor in that both players would likely use opt-outs after half of the deal or so – a la A-Rod – the cost might not be as high as $400 million. Either way, the Phillies can afford it, and all signs point to their willingness to pull the trigger. Now, there is only one other question: What else do we talk about for the next two years?


  • Tom Selleck March 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    that movie money is doing wonders for myself, not so much the Birds

    • Brad - 24 year old tinder BBC and ASS sniffer March 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      2018? WTF is wrong with you Jim your fucking no soap using shitty band listening sniveling dog pile?


      IN 2034, the phillies will sign ted williams frozen head and it will play 2nd base.

    • Real news March 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      The phillies have zero interest in those 2. They are most likely going to sign for Trout who has said he wants to be a Phillie.

      • What??? March 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm

        Stop making shit up.

        When has Mike Trout ever said he wants to be a Phillie? I’m not saying he doesn’t want to play here. It would make sense if he did. But he’s never come out and said it. Tweeting “#flyeaglesfly” doesn’t mean “I want to play for the Phillies”.

        • Busta nut March 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

          He has been heard talking about playing here. The deal will get done after this season.

      • Tom Selleck March 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        zero interest in 2 of the best young talents in the league and an almost unlimited payroll? highly doubtful, never put all of your eggs in one basket.

        • Bryce March 22, 2017 at 8:24 pm

          dirty sanchez?

    • The Shark That's Going to Eat Kyle March 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Kyle, can you IP ban the dickhead that keeps spamming shitty YouTube videos in the comments? They’re making the already low quality of the comment section even worse.

  • Brad - 24 year old tinder BBC and ASS sniffer March 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I’d rather have Trout on the team.
    Do you really want to sign a pussy who allowed himself to be choked by papelbon?

    • 2008 Phillies are sorely missed March 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Papelbon is a pu##y, who only goes after guys who he perceives as non-threats, who won’t defend themselves.

    • Bryce March 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      myers still beating his wife?

    • Bryce March 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Baseball players in general are fucking pussies. Look at every mlb fight most are afraid to throw a fucking punch and the ones that do miss as far as when Glavis swings at an outside pitch. 3/4 of them look scared as shit when they are in a fight. just go look at youtube these fucking pussies are hilarious. once its broken up and there are six guys between them then they try to get at the guy, hahahaha fucking toolbags! Fact is when it comes to fighting baseball players are fucking bitch ass pussies!

  • GLASS MASK March 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    My connection got busted last night and i’m out of blow.
    Can someone get a job for me and buy me some?
    I’ll pay you back once i wake up and get my shit together.
    I’m so tired of not working, jerking guys off for joint money
    and sniffing baking powder. Its just not the same sort of high
    and besides, i got callouses on both hands and they are starting to hurt and bleed.

    • Real news March 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      You sound like a fake Glass Mask.

      • Randy travis March 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm

        Yea. Everyone knows the real Glass Mask only shoot H and smokes Meth.

  • Kyle's cum stained bang shirt March 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    there’s no joy in mudville

  • Sites pretty slow today March 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    When is the Nova sweet sixteen preview post going to drop?

  • Rueben Franks 9 incher March 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I’m sure the Phillies are going to play moneyball here. Draft smart, develop young talent, keep salaries down. Bringing in big name , expensive players won’t work in the long run. Be smart.

  • Glass mask March 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Doing whip its whilst twisting on smack is fucking crazy. Fucking sucks when you miss a vein though, shit gets all black and blue and shit.

    • The cuz has a huge penis March 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      right on brotha!!!

      • Friend of a media insider March 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm

        Dick size came up once and I heard people say Ruben Frank and Barkann are like incredibly hung. I heard Gargano was average at best.

  • leslie "the babykiller" gudel March 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Aren’t I supposed to be writing the Phillies columns?

  • Hey will shatner, eat a d!ck March 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    No seriously, get yourself some olive oil, sauté it in oil for about 10mins. Take it off the flame, season it with some salt and pepper, throw it in the oven. Put it on broil, this is important, really brings out the flavors. Keep it in there for about 15-20 min, take it out let it cool for about 5, bam, bon appétit!

  • Michael stipe March 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Phils too cheap to spend that kind of $$

  • Josh March 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    If they sign either of those schmoes over Trout, heads should roll! Why are we signing a third baseman when we have Franco?

    • Bryce March 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Because its a bunch of dumb Democrats! They just want to hire illegal tan people!

  • fuckbryce March 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    wouldn’t mind signing Manny but Bryce can go fuck himself.. that is all

    • teat March 21, 2017 at 10:45 am


    • Bryce March 22, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Once the wall goes up Manny is toast!

  • Mike Trout March 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Hey all you dumb m*****f*****s. I’m signed with the Angels through 2020. You want me, you need to trade for me. How stupid are you Philly people? I’m from South Jersey, by the way. I wonder if the same people who say I’m from Philly also think ‘Nova isn’t a Philly team. Can’t be both, idiots.

    • White guy in his 30's who lives in Bucks Co. March 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Yeah and another thing….any NJ beach north of Brigantine is full of New Yorker’s, Trenton is in North Jersey and full of Yankees/Giants fans, suburban Delaware is like another country, and anyone who doesn’t live in Philadelphia city limits is not a REAL Philly fan !


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