With Jake Arrieta signed, what comes next for the 2018 Phillies?

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Trade Deadline

Now here is the trade deadline deal I can see happening. Many people are comparing the Phillies to the 2017 Minnesota Twins. They are young, coming off a very poor year, and might be done with their rebuild. I can see them more like the 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks or 2015 New York Mets. Teams on the outside looking in as the deadline approached until they received a superstar, J.D Martinez for the D-Backs and Yoenis Cespedes for the Mets, who pushed them into October.

The player I think the Phillies could get is Manny Machado. Jon Heyman brought up Andy MacPhail and Matt Klentak’s connection to Arrieta through the Orioles and linked them to Machado:

Machado will be a free agent in 2019. The Orioles listened to deals for him this offseason. The Phillies will need a third baseman with power. Some time in Philadelphia could lure him back for an extension. Everything about the deal makes sense. Why take a draft pick Baltimore when you could get Cesar Hernandez, Dylan Cozens or another established minor/major league player.

Next: Was Jake Arrieta or Cliff Lee a bigger signing?

The Phillies have won the offseason. They strengthened the bullpen, added an on-base-percentage stud, and signed a top 15 pitcher in baseball all for under 200 million. So are the Phillies finally ready to contend? Trust the process.

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