There’s no denying the public perception of Manny Machado took a hit this postseason after this incident in Game 4 of the NLDS:
ICYMI: Things got heated between Manny Machado and Jesús Aguilar late in Game 4 of the NLCS. pic.twitter.com/jz6HwCMaYw
— ESPN (@espn) October 17, 2018
And this incident from last night:
RT if you hope your team does NOT sign this dirt bag Machado this off season pic.twitter.com/ipZSGgRNJY
— The Breaks (@WatchTheBreaks) October 28, 2018
And, of course, this, after the jump:
“Hustling isn't my cup of tea."
– Manny Machado pic.twitter.com/zNqoB95MgI
— BASEBALL VAULT™ (@BSBVAULT) October 17, 2018
Whether his admitted nonchalance and proclivity for stomping on the heels of unsuspecting first basemen diminishes his value on the market remains to be seen. Certainly, Machado’s recent bullshit has helped solidify Bryce Harper as the preferred free agent target of Phillies fans.
I wrote this morning that Philadelphia is the current betting favorite for Harper’s services, but oddsmakers have also installed the Phillies as the favorite to land Machado:
Opening odds for which team Manny Machado will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (@BovadaOfficial):
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 29, 2018
There’s no way they sign both, but it’s obvious that the Phillies will look to be aggressive this offseason, so what should they do? I strongly prefer Harper, but I’m still 100% in on Machado as a consolation prize. I stand by what I wrote two weeks ago:
I didn’t care when Jimmy Rollins jogged out a pop-up, and I’m sure as hell not going to care if Machado does the same, particularly if it happens to come in between one of his 180-plus hits or 37 homers. Nor should you.
At the end of the day, it’s only a potential $250-350 million financial commitment, and we all know that it’s about to be cuffing season, Phils. Bring me someone. Anyone.