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Monday, August 19, 2019

Phillies, White Sox reportedly view Mike Moustakas as backup plan

Mike Moustakas

The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are among the teams pursuing Manny Machado in free agency, but both teams have a backup plan in mind if they don’t land the former Baltimore Orioles infielder.

According to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, both Philly and the White Sox view Mike Moustakas as a backup option if they can’t sign Machado. Moustakas is represented by agent Scott Boras, who also counts Bryce Harper as a client, making it easy for both teams to keep in touch about Moustakas.

Moustakas was seeking a multi-year deal last year, but one to his liking never materialized, so he signed a two-year deal with the Royals that included an option for 2019. Moustakas was traded to Milwaukee during the season, and he turned down his 2019 option to become a free agent for the second straight year.

After making just $5.5 million last season — a disappointment for him — Moustakas is looking for more. The 30-year-old third baseman batted .251 with 28 homers and 33 doubles last season and had a .774 OPS.

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