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In a move so ridiculously exemplary of Philadelphia that it could easily have been scripted, a mustached and uniformed union electrician who just happened to be on a lunch break apparently figured out that Machado was pulling up for a visit across the street from his job site. Per Zolecki, the Phils have maintained confidence that they can convince Machado to sign in Philadelphia despite the fact that they'd play him at third base while Machado's preference remains to play shortstop.
Machado told reporters his trip to Philly was "pretty awesome".
No, he didn't scratch his signature on a major league contract that might give him one of the most lucrative multiyear deals in baseball history. "I learned a lot".
Most prognosticators have Machado ultimately signing with a Phillies team that's always been pegged as one that will be aggressive this offseason. Naturally, the important nature of the meeting didn't stop this Philly man from asking Machado for a photo and then telling him what to do with his career. "Hopefully he'll help what they need and hopefully they can Harper to, so we'll see how it goes", said Joe D'Amato. "And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it", Phillies owner John Middleton said earlier this offseason.
"I don't know about that", Machado said. There's been no indication that any of the three teams with which he met this week has made its best and final offer - or any formal offer at all, for that matter.