Phillies Rumors: Updates on Harper, Machado, Brantley and Happ
The first day in Las Vegas is not even over yet for the Winter Meetings. It is just about 8:00 p.m. West Coast time and there is plenty of time for the Phillies to make a move. But there is a good amount of smoke around the Phillies at the Winter Meetings. The Phillies appear to be very active.
Here are some updates on four big names the Phillies are connected to.
J.A. Happ, Left-Handed Starter
The Phillies could reunite with their former draft pick who is one of only a couple active major leaguers still active from the 2008 World Series Champion team.
Earlier today, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reported that the Phillies were having "active dialogue" with Happ. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes, " Two years and an option might get Happ done." That would give Philadelphia a lefty starter for the first time since 2016.
Michael Brantley, Outfielder
The Phillies reportedly made an offer to Brantley early in the offseason. Brantley would be a solid left-handed bat for the outfield, who would help compliment Rhys Hoskins in the middle of the lineup.
In the same piece above, Salisbury notes, "The Phils seem committed to upgrading in the outfield and there are indications that they could get a deal done with leftfielder Michael Brantley."
This one changes by the moment. Earlier, Harper's hitting coach in Washington D.C. seemed to favor the Phillies:
But by Monday night, the word is "lukewarm" regarding the Phillies and Harper, according to Salisbury.
Manny Machado, Infielder
It does not sound like Machado will sign with anyone this week. Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, is in Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings and will be talking to the Phillies, for sure. But Machado reportedly wants to visit teams, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
In other words: the Phillies will have to wait if they are going to get to sign Machado.
If the Phillies put Machado at third base and Brantley in left field, they would have a pretty formidable lineup. The club can then decide what to do in center field and right field with Odubel Herrera, Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr.