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Phillies still in on Manny Machado even though they’re getting Jean Segura

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The Phillies are, by all appearances, finalizing the big trade with Seattle we learned about last night that will bring them shortstop Jean Segura.

But don’t think that will take them out of the running for the big shortstop on the free agent market. Indeed, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that despite the Segura trade, the Phillies still have interest in Manny Machado to play third base:

It’s Machado’s stated preference to play shortstop, but money talks, right?

It’s also the case that Phillies front office sources may merely be talking here, perhaps in an effort to either drive up Machado’s price for their competitors or to make the fan base believe they are going all-out when, maybe, they aren’t. Who knows?

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.