MLB hot stove: Mike Moustakas could be Phillies’ contingency plan for Manny Machado, report says

The Phillies nonetheless want to sign Manny Machado, nonetheless they’ve a plan in the event that they cannot.

Philadelphia has curiosity in free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas. But, in accordance with a report from Fancred Sports, which cites unidentified league sources, the workforce’s pursuit of him could depend on what happens with Machado.

Moustakas is coming off of a yr by which he batted .251 with 28 home runs and 95 RBIs between the Royals and Brewers.

His 28 homers is the second most he has hit in a season and an excellent sign as he proved his newest vitality he present in 2017 to indicate it was not a flash throughout the pan.

Moustakas hit 38 home runs in 2017 and now has 66 over his closing two seasons. He had certainly not hit larger than 22 sooner than 2017.

The two-time All-Star carried out the 2018 season on a one-year deal. He ultimately didn’t sign a long-term contract with a workforce in all probability on account of the Royals extended him a qualifying provide which forces teams to surrender a draft select with the intention to sign the participant.

There isn’t any qualifying provide on Moustakas this season and he’ll in all probability should attend until Machado indicators to get himself a deal.

Machado has met with the Phillies this offseason nonetheless it is unclear within the occasion that they made him a suggestion or not. He reportedly purchased a seven-year, $175 million provide from the White Sox, nonetheless his agent disputed that amount.

Many think about he’ll get a deal — with the Phillies or not — throughout the eight-plus and $200 million or additional differ.

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