Report: Phillies have visions of signing Harper, Keuchel, Kimbrel
The Philadelphia Phillies have figured prominently in offseason matters, and they may not be close to done.
We know the Phillies have been linked to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado for the past several months, with some talk indicating their thoughts have shifted towards Harper. But according to one report, they have their eyes on what would be one of the biggest offseasons ever.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says the Phillies have visions of signing Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel.
The #Phillies, according to team executives, have visions of signing Harper,
Keuchel and Kimbrel.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 15, 2019
Signing all three players would be one heck of an offseason.
Being offseason champions does not translate to guaranteed championship, but if the Phillies added all three players, they would be firmly in the mix for the NL pennant. Many teams are intentionally not spending this offseason, which has created a buyer’s market. If the Phillies are going to go big, this would be the offseason to do it.
Philly has already signed Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson, while adding Jean Segura in a trade. Adding Harper, Keuchel and Kimbrel on top of that could result in $600 or so million in new payroll commitments, which is crazy, especially if they also have their eyes on another future prize.