All the Phillies’ offseason decisions have indicated they’re ready to compete in the playoffs now.
So what do general manager Matt Klentak’s comments about Manny Machado’s valuation mean? Is there a chance the Phillies won’t make a big enough offer to attract Bryce Harper?
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Our Phillies coverage team — Matt Breen, Bob Brookover and Scott Lauber — thinks the ball is in owner John Middleton’s court, and they discuss that and more in the first episode of Extra Innings, a new podcast from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Plus, Breen, Brookover and Lauber offer up their gut predictions on if Harper will end up agreeing to a deal with the Phillies, and explore what Machado’s decision means for Maikel Franco.
Look for Extra Innings weekly throughout spring training and the regular season for analysis about the news of the day and discussions about what fans can expect to see on the field. Plus, we’ll also bring you exclusive interviews with Phillies coaches, players and executives, providing insight beyond what you can find on philly.com.
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