If the Philadelphia Phillies manage to land one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, the spending might not stop there.
Several big league general managers believe the Phillies will be aggressive in pursuing free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel even if they sign one of Harper or Machado, reports Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
Philadelphia's interest in Harper and Machado has been well-documented. Harper is reportedly scheduled to meet with Phillies brass in Las Vegas on Saturday, which comes about a month after Machado visited them for a face-to-face meeting.
But, with the National League East becoming hotly contested after the busy offseasons of the Braves, Nationals, and Mets, adding one of the two superstars may not be enough for the Phillies, who are expected to spend lavishly.
Acquiring one or both of Keuchel and/or Kimbrel would certainly give them a competitive edge, albeit at a price. Both of the players are reportedly seeking long-term deals, with Kimbrel's ask exceeding $100 million.