Pitchers and catchers report next week, and the free-agent market remains relatively cold. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still unsigned as are a . But that means, as free agency heads into the second week of February, there are still plenty of free agent and trade rumors buzzing around.
Follow all of the day’s hot stove activity below:
Phillies hoping Realmuto trade helps lure Harper, Machado
As of Thursday afternoon, Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto — . All reports indicate the trade will include top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez. While the deal will drain the Phillies farm system, the team still has deep pockets and it won’t change the pursuits of Harper or Machado.on one of the biggest moves of the offseason. Philadelphia was nearing the finish line in a deal with the
In fact, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are hoping the Realmuto addition makes Philly an even more appealing landing spot for either of the 26-year-old superstars.
And to give Phillies fans even more to dream about …
As Rosenthal notes, the Phillies still have the most-enticing factor of all: money. While some more teams have remain confident that either Harper or Machado will be playing his home games at Citizens Bank Park this summer.in recent weeks, the Phillies