Though the Cubs are no longer directly connected to Manny Machado, the slugger’s eventual destination could certainly impact them in the second half. The Brewers have been named as one of the favorites to land Machado, but reports out of Philly have him staying out East.
Joe Giglio of Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia said Monday that a source told him “Machado to the Phils Wednesday” and that Phillies president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail “is a magician.” Take that for what it’s worth, but the anecdotal evidence does support the idea.
A source told @JoeGiglioSports that “Machado to the Phils Wednesday morning” and that “Andy MacPhail is a magician”
— Jon Marks & Ike Reese on 94WIP (@MarksReeseWIP) July 16, 2018
Ken Rosenthal wrote last week about the unlikely nature of a pre-All-Star Game trade, what with Machado being the O’s lone representative. There’s also the awkwardness that would follow a trade to an NL team, which would leave Machado either unable to play or forced into the weird spot of playing in a generic uniform and usurping someone else’s playing time.
That backs up the timing of a trade, but what about the destination? The Phillies …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider