MLB Rumors: Phillies Could Sign Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2019

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper practices his swing during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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While Matt Gelb of The Athletic reported the Philadelphia Phillies will not sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, they may reportedly land the former alongside two notable pitchers.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, team executives have suggested the National League East club has "visions" of adding Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel this offseason.

This isn't the first time Nightengale connected the Phillies to Harper seeing how he called them the "clear-cut favorites" to sign him following a five-hour Saturday meeting with him in his hometown of Las Vegas.

Philadelphia has already been one of the most aggressive teams in the league this offseason, trading for shortstop Jean Segura and signing outfielder Andrew McCutchen, but bringing in these three All-Star-caliber players would make it all the more formidable in the NL East as it looks to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Harper would be the biggest prize as a 26-year-old generational talent who has a National League MVP on his resume. The slugger hit 129 combined home runs the last four years and set a career-high with 100 RBI in 2018 while playing for the Washington Nationals.

Keuchel would also be a significant addition to a rotation that already includes Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. The southpaw won the 2015 American League Cy Young and 2017 World Series while playing on the Houston Astros and could help the Phillies control a potential playoff series alongside the other two talented starters at the front end of their rotation.

They could then hand the ball to Kimbrel in the bullpen. The right-hander won the last World Series with the Boston Red Sox and is a seven-time All-Star and one of the most dominant relief pitchers of the past decade.

It may seem like a long shot that the Phillies will sign all three of these players, but this is a big-market club looking to turn things around following six straight losing seasons. Adding these players would likely do the trick.

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