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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?

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.