With the Phillies in Baltimore for quick makeup game on Thursday, the Phillies had an opportunity to speak to the Orioles brass easily.  While they were there, might they have had any discussions about trade candidate Manny Machado? A report on Friday indicates that the Phillies are at least showing continued interest by increasing their trade offer.

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported that news today:

The Phillies certainly have competition in trading for their desired superstar.

The Phillies have repeatedly been said to "covet" Machado in various reports.  With the Phillies in first place in the National League East, one game ahead of the Atlanta Braves, the club may be extra motivated to win in 2018 and thus increasing the sense of urgency to acquire pieces.  The winner of the Machado sweepstakes now will have a head start in trying to sign Machado long-term.

The Phillies have been linked to other infield pieces, including third baseman Mike Moustakas, third baseman Adrian Beltre and third baseman Josh Donaldson in recent weeks.  The Phillies have also been linked to former Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, too.  Without a left-handed starter in the starting rotation, Hamels could provide some veteran leadership and balance, though he is not the starter he once was.