February 08, 2019
The Phillies made a big splash on Thursday, acquiring All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, top prospect Sixto Sanchez and fellow pitching prospect Will Stewart.
But the Phillies are not done just yet. At least they hope not.
With the two biggest free agents of the MLB offseason (Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, duh) still available with less than a week remaining before pitchers and catcher report, the Phillies are hoping to make one more, even bigger splash, before the 2019 season starts.
Philadelphia #Phillies GM Matt Klentak, when asked if the JT Realmuto acquisition will have any impact on a certain couple of free agents: "This doesn’t take us out of the free-agent market by any stretch.'' #Harper #Machado— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 7, 2019
Or, perhaps, two huge splashes, which might ultimately lead to a tsunami engulfing the city of Philadelphia.
Keep you in mind #Phillies owner talked about spending “stupid money” and with all done haven’t spent that yet. there’s a scenario in which still get Harper AND Machado. I don’t expect it - still think 1 or the other - but think about how crazy that is a week into February.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 7, 2019
Sure, that last one seems like an impossible pipe dream, but hey, what's wrong with dreaming? After all, Gabe Kapler seems to (correctly) believe these move are an indication that the Phillies are in "win-right-now mode".
"The move is a clear indication that we're in win-right-now mode and we're going to push our chips in." - @Phillies skipper @gabekapler on the addition of J.T. Realmuto #MLBNHotStove pic.twitter.com/zHxu5piyAT— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 8, 2019
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