I spent the past month telling myself that it wasn’t worth thinking about the possibility of the Phillies adding Manny Machado ahead of this winter’s free agency period.
“Nope. No way they do that,” I assured myself, all cavalier and shit.
I reasoned that there was simply no way a front office that has spent recent seasons arduously rebuilding a bankrupted minor league talent pool would hastily send a package of several top-tier prospects down I-95 just because the big league team was a bit ahead of schedule. They certainly weren’t going to do it when it’s reasonable to think they will be a favorite to land him in a few months. I figured they would make a less-celebrated trade to sure up the bullpen and find an alternative way to improve a streaky, and often impotent lineup. I knew better. But then this happened:
I am getting the vibe that the Phillies are angling to land Machado AND Britton is same deal. https://t.co/VaSulQpHjn
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) July 14, 2018
#Phillies the most likely destination for Manny Machado due to Adonis Medina's expected involvement, unless another suitor increases offer. @JonHeyman reported earlier today that trade is "very close." Here’s our latest story tonight: https://t.co/03ihiwLzWD @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 17, 2018
And that’s all it took. Suddenly, the prior caution I had exercised in avoiding Machado Madness was gone. I was all in. You know, #BeBold and all of that happy horeshit. The expensive price tag for a short-term rental didn’t matter, nor did the reality that the Phillies were likely more than just the addition of Machado away from truly contending with a bullpen and bench that are each one piece short. It was easy to be seduced by the idea of adding a 26-year-old superstar with 24 homers and a .963 OPS to a first-place team in desperate need of a difference-making bat. I lost control in the heat of the moment. Did it make sense? Probably not. Was it dangerous and maybe a little bit reckless? For sure. But damn–it would have been fun.