MLB Rumors: Phillies Eyeing Big Free Agents Beyond Bryce Harper, Manny Machado


According to a report Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies will not sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

But that does not mean they don’t have plans to make a massive splash this offseason.

The Phillies reportedly are leaning towards signing Harper, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, and plan to target two or three more major free-agent pieces — including Dallas Kuechel and Craig Kimbrel — if/when they land the superstar outfielder.

The Phillies have been the most aggressive team this offseason, acquiring Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson already, and have made it well known they are prepared to spend even more money.

Fancred Sports’ John Heyman speculated the Phillies also could take a look at free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.

While it seemed the Phillies had Machado at the top of their list earlier in the offseason, multiple reports have indicated the City of Brotherly Love is Harper’s likeliest destination. Heyman reported Tuesday that an offer could be coming soon.

Kimbrel’s market reportedly has been quiet of late, and Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said last week the Sox don’t plan to spend a lot of money on a closer.

Kuechel, who reportedly is seeking a five- or six-year deal, seems like a perfect fit for a Phillies team in need of a left-handed starting pitcher.

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