And we wait.
Manny Machado or Bryce Harper? The front office's choice or the people's choice? The Phillies need just one, but Phillies fans starved for a resolution to the seemingly endless Machado and Harper sweepstakes have taken to the Internet recently to find meaning in cryptic tweets, photos and even place stock in fake Twitter accounts because, well, people just want something to believe.
Eventually, both players will find a home. But unless something dramatic happens in the next three days, this process will carry into February. At this point, it is not a stretch to think the Phillies will have their first pitchers and catchers workout in Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 13 with players still wondering if Machado or Harper will be their teammate in 2019. (For sanity's sake, let's have everything settled by March 1, OK?) Machado's top contenders seem to be the Phillies, White Sox and Padres. Harper's top contenders still seem to be the Phillies, White Sox and Nationals.
A source recently reiterated that the Phillies will not sign both players, although crazier things have happened.
And at this point, isn't this entire thing pretty crazy?