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Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Philadelphia Phillies

Postby liny195 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:48 pm

reportedly have big plans this winter.Historically expensive big plans.Jon Heyman of FanCred reported some rival executives believe the Phillies could sign both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper in free agency. Machado and Harper are expected to land contracts that could put them among the highest-paid players in MLB history.Machado Mike Moustakas Jersey , 26, has hit .302/.374/.545 with 34 home runs and 93 runs batted in this season with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is seventh in baseball with 5.8 wins above replacement, perFanGraphs. He's been a five-win player three of the last four seasons.Harper, 25, has not had quite as much success in his walk year. He's hitting .247/.388/.503 with 33 home runs and 94 runs batted in. He's posted 3.1 wins above replacement and has been a glaring negative defensively Salvador Perez Jersey , perFanGraphs.A strong August upped his averages across the board, but it seems unlikely Harper will get the $400 million contract some had speculated about.Nevertheless, Machado and Harper are in a unique position because of their performance levels and age. Most players, even good ones, reach free agency around their 30s. Harper and Machado can demand 12-year contracts that wouldn't even theoretically push them past their prime. They aren't going to be paying $30 million to a 41-year-old Albert Pujols the way the Angels will in 2021.That means the bidding is going to be astronomical and will take a true all-in commitment from Phillies ownership to make it happen. Harper and Machado combined is a $600 million endeavor even more. Mike Moustakas' time in Kansas City has come to an end just days before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline. The Milwaukee Brewers announced Saturdaythat they have acquired the 29-year-old from the Royals in exchange for minor leaguers Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez.Jeffrey Flanagan of first reported the news.Moustakas had been a member of the Kansas City organization since the Royals took him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft. He leaves town having piled up a .251 batting average , 139 home runsand 441RBI in 934 games in his seven-plus seasons with the Royals andrankingeighthin franchise history in long balls.When it drafted Moustakas, Kansas City was trying to break a playoff drought that had lasted more than two decades. It took some time, but the core of Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain eventually snapped it in 2014. One year later Bo Jackson Jersey , they helped raise the club's second World Series banner.Unfortunately for Royals fans, the core became too expensive to keep. Cain and Hosmer left in free agency during the offseason, while Moustakas eventually returned after having a tough time on the open market. He turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason, according to Jason Beck of, and wound up signing a one-year , $6.5 million deal with a mutual option for 2019.Moustakas will now change uniforms for the first time in his career and have the opportunity to jump right into a pennant race. With six home runs in 31 career postseason games, he has proved he can come through in big moments.Milwaukee boldly boosted its outfield during the offseason by acquiring Christian Yelich and Cain. While those moves helped establish the Brewers as contenders, they find themselves in a battle in the National League Central.They hope adding an All-Star and a champion like Moustakas can put them over the top.Travis Shaw (19home runs) has provided pop at the hot corner, but Moustakas is a more established player. The Brewers can shift Shaw to second to give themselves one of the most powerful infields in baseball, with Moustakas and first baseman Jesus Aguilar (25 home runs) also bringing the lumber. They could use Shaw at first and in the outfield as well.Milwaukee was in the Manny Machado sweepstakes before the Baltimore Orioles shipped the All-Star to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although Machado was the prize of the deadline Danny Duffy Jersey , Moustakas can be a game-changer as well.

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