The Phillies appear to be back in the Manny Machado sweepstakes.
Philadelphia has made progress on a potential deal for the 26-year-old Orioles star, according to a report from Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Phillies had reportedly moved on from trade discussions with Baltimore earlier in the month because its asking price was too high.
Phillies owner John Middleton wants to “make a splash,” at the trade deadline, the report says.
Phillies are said to be making some progress in Manny talks with O’s. Machado is a great fit, and Phils people know MM best (after the Orioles). Plus, word is Phils owner Middleton is thought to want to “make a splash.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 13, 2018
Multiple teams are interested in dealing for Machado, according to reports. The Dodgers were considered frontrunners to land him earlier in the month while the Yankees reportedly made the Orioles a ‘strong offer’ this week.
The Diamondbacks, Braves, Indians, Brewers, Red Sox and Cubs have all also inquired about Machado, according to multiple reports.
Machado has registered a .316/.385/.573 slash line and hit 23 home runs so far this season.
Machado, who will be a free agent following the season, was named to his fourth All-Star team Sunday. He has also won two Gold Glove awards in his seven-year MLB career.
Philadelphia currently leads the National League East with a 52-40 record.