Fly On The Wall: How Manny Machado Becomes A Phillie
Here is How The Talks Would Go That Would Put Manny Machado in PhiladelphiaBy Cam Giangrandet’s good to be a fly on the wall during the Hot Stove season. “Danny, (Duquette), It’s Matt, (Klentak, GM of The Philadelphia Phillies), do you have a couple minutes?”“Sure, what’s on your mind?”“You know what’s on my mind. MANNY.”“You, and everyone else.”“But I’m in a position to give you what you want.”“I’m listening.”“Two of our top five pitching prospects; Adonis Medina, who’s 20 years old, and 22 year-old lefty, Ranger Suarez.”“Give me an hour or so, to talk to our team and get back to you: I’m sure you realize you aren’t the only call I’ve fielded for him.”“That’s fine…and by the way, any trade we bang out will need to have a 72 hour window for us to negotiate an extension with him.”“Good luck with that, we’ve been trying for years…I’ll get back to you.”One hour and 36 minutes later”Matty?”“Hi Dan, so what’s the verdict?”“You didn’t lie…they are two of your Top 5 pitching prospects, but neither is 1 or 2. Why no Sixto Sanchez or Franklyn Kilome? I’ve got to sell this to our fans too.”“First of all, you know why I didn’t mention those guys…because they are our first and second pitching prospects. And let’s face it, no matter who you get, you have to explain it to your fan base.”“Fair enough, but those two guys aren’t enough.”“Why do I have a feeling you’re about to tell me what will be enough?”“On top of those two guys, we’d need back Kilome, rookie shortstop J.P. Crawford, and rookie outfielder Nick Williams.”“That’s Insane, we couldn’t do that! Williams would be a deal breaker, we love him. I suppose Crawford is a bit expendable if we have Manny tied up.”“We’ll do it, taking Williams out of the deal.”“Still too much Danny, what if we just add Crawford?”“Honestly, the one piece that has to be in the deal after looking at your pitchers, is Kilome…6’6 body, 98-plus fastball, He’s someone I can sell to the fans. You said Williams is a deal breaker; for us, not having Kilome would be a deal breaker.”“Dammit!”“Do you want to call me back?”“No, I want to bang this out…I’m not doing a four for one with those guys. If I replace Kilome into the deal with one of the two initial pitchers I mentioned, (Suarez or Medina), would you do the three for one”“I’d want the lefty Suarez.”“Fine, we prefer Medina…OK, DONE DEAL!”“Not so fast Matt, I want a fourth piece, you choose. One of your Top 30 prospects, it can be a lower one, pitcher or hitter, healthy or injured, I don’t care.”“Give me a minute here to look at my charts…How about 17 year-old shortstop, Luis Garcia?”“That’ll be fine. Good luck working a deal out with Manny. You know he’s hell bent on being the highest paid player in the game.”“We’re making a push and we’ve got money to spend. Thanks Dan.”“You’re welcome, thank you too. Goodbye.”What Happens Next ...“Mr Lozano, (Dan Lozano, MVP Sports Group), this is Matt Klentak, GM of the Philadelphia Phillies…”
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