By Eric Jacinto
The Philadelphia Phillies, have been a major surprise so far this season. Heading into the All-Star break they lead the NL East by half game over the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies, are rumored heavily in trading for Manny Machado who will be a free agent at the end of this season.
In the last 12-24 hours, the Phillies have emerged as the front runners in trading for the All-Star. According to the Baltimore Sun via Barstool, the Orioles and Phillies have a "Handshake" agreement which would send Machado to the Phillies the deal will not take place until tomorrow morning (Wednesday) so that Machado can represent the Orioles in the All-Star game tonight in Washington, DC.
The reported deal, has the Phillies trading Right-Handed pitcher, Adonis Medina (#2 Phillies Prospect, #73 MLB Prospect MLB Pipeline) this is the center-piece of the deal, other prospects/players are unknown at this time.
The Phillies trading for Manny Machado, makes sense because it would give them a major boost to their line-up that has been struggling most of the season. Their offense ranks, 25th in batting average, 17th in Home-runs, 21st in runs scored and 24th in slugging. Machado slash line: .315/.387/.575 hitting 24 HRs and 65 RBIs.
Even through, Machado is a free agent the Phillies have a good chance of re-signing him this Winter as they have the money to give him, they've been waiting for few years for this upcoming free-agent class. Also, Phillies' President, Andy MacPhail was the Orioles team President of Baseball Operations when they drafted Manny Machado with the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft.
Finally, adding Machado would make the Phillies the favorites to win the NL East. The Phillies, are also rumored to be interested in closer, Zach Britton who is a Left-handed pitcher, would be an upgrade to the bullpen that has been awful most of the season. Britton in 2016, was the best closer in baseball but has been injured the last two seasons. Who knows what will happen in the next 24-36 hours if a deal really does go down. Most likely, Manny Machado has played his last game in an Orioles uniform.