Maybe it's all a leverage ploy to get Manny Machado to sign with them, but what if Bryce Harper really is becoming the Phillies' top priority? A case could be made that Harper is actually the better fit.
Barring a late-offseason move, such as signing Dallas Keuchel or trading for Sonny Gray, the Phillies will open spring training with the same starting rotation that they had at the end of last season. And that's just fine with new Chris Young.
The general opinion was the Phillies overpaid for Andrew McCutchen. But his durability, leadership qualities and the potential for mashing were the prime reasons they were willing to spend $50 million for him.