As Machado-to-Dodgers Becomes Official, Indians Get a Hand
After a "snag" delayed completion of the trade between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers for star shortstop Manny Machado, But the deal was finally completed and announced by both teams. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi acknowledged that there was indeed an issue with a player's physical, but it was unrelated to Yusniel Diaz, who highlighted the return for the Orioles.
But as the deal for Machado was completed, the Phillies missed out on another potential trade target.
On Thursday morning, word came that left-handed All-Star reliever Brad Hand was headed to the Cleveland Indians. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Padres will receive top catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The Phillies might not have been able to match that return. The Indians also will receive Adim Cimber.
The Phillies likely will continue to pursue Zach Britton. The Orioles certainly did their due diligence in scouting the Phillies system in advance of a possible Machado trade. The Phillies will not give up the same quality of prospects they would for Machado, but it would not be surprising to see the Phillies work a deal out with the Padres.
The Phillies might also consider adding a starting pitcher, with former Phillies Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ mentioned in recent weeks.