Report: Dodgers Emerge as the “Leading Contender” for Manny Machado

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The buzz late last night was that the Phillies, in light of reports that they were willing to include Adonis Medina in a deal for Manny Machado, were emerging as the favorite to land the Orioles superstar third baseman.

Not so fast, says Jon Heyman of FanCred sports:

But nine minutes later, Heyman seemed to back off a bit:

Gut. Punch.

Two things here:

1) The Dodgers are red-hot right now. On the morning of May 16, they were 10 games under .500 at 16-26. Since then, they have rattled off 37 wins in their last 54 games to reclaim the lead in the National League West. If they do in fact add Machado, they become a heavy favorite to win the National League.

2) If the Phillies miss out on Machado, it’s going to feel like a major letdown. Los Angeles edges out Philly for a major superstar. Where have I heard that one before?
Still, it was only three weeks ago that the Phillies were viewed as a long shot for Machado’s services this season, but over the last week with several prominent national baseball writers linking him to Philadelphia, it felt like the hype was real. Still, the Phillies are a team with several holes that can be addressed in separate, more conservative deals that may not require them to part ways with several of their top prospects. Those deals could still put them on the path to their first postseason appearance since the 2011 season.

But nobody wants to hear that right now, and I completely get it.

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18 Comments

  • Cowboy Dave July 17, 2018 at 9:15 am

    The only thing better than watching Phillies fans cry over Machado is hearing all of the liberals soiling their diapers over President Trump.

    Reply
    • Hello hello July 17, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Voice of the Philly fans for 25 years Angelo already said Phillies aren’t getting Machado.

      Reply
    • COWBOY DAVE July 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

      My wife left me and I’m all alone

      Reply
      • Cowboy Dave’s wife July 17, 2018 at 10:35 am

        I left you for an Eagles fan. I only sleep with winners.

        Reply
    • Loren Berzsenyi July 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

      We talk sports over here cowboy. BTW, I’m not a Phillies fan.

      Reply
  • Crown deli July 17, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I knew the Phils didn’t have the balls to close the deal . A real organization & stone cold idiot magic “hiv” Johnson going to screw Philly once again get

    Reply
  • Captain Obvious July 17, 2018 at 9:18 am

    100% leverage leak. why would Baltimore just sit back and let this die on July 17? Get a trade war going between two teams that want him to milk it for all it’s worth.

    Reply
  • Huge Fan Of Kevin Kinkerkaid July 17, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Did Kyle’s wife leave him?

    Reply
    • Cowboy Dave July 17, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Mine did.

      Reply
  • MM July 17, 2018 at 10:22 am

    The Angels are a dumpster fire pitching wise, save your trade bullets for next year and go all in on Machado in free agency.

    Reply
  • Hextall's Glasses July 17, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Am I the only one who thinks trading a bunch of prospects for a 3 month rental is stupid? Do you honestly think the Phillies win the WS this year with him? The guy openly wants to be in NY which is gross.

    Reply
    • MM July 17, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Bingo!

      Reply
  • Pyro July 17, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Burn LA to the ground.

    Reply
  • Chicago Philly Phan July 17, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Ok, give ’em Sixto and Medina

    Reply
  • LIZ ROSCHER July 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I can’t wait to blog about this. *FART*

    Reply
    • Kyle Scott July 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Want a job?

      Reply
  • Charles from the Northeast July 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Called both morning shows, both midday shows and both drive time shows and said starting with this Phils team there will be a total of 4 championships by June 2019.

    Reply
    • Levi from Overbrook July 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Fuckin got no life you loser

      Reply

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