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    Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout Jed Lowrie Jersey , who can become a free agent following the 2020 MLB season.On Wednesday, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported the Phillies have enough money to acquire both infielder Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper鈥攖his year's most coveted players in free agency鈥攂ut would rather add one and keep a path open to attracting Trout.The Phils have a "slight preference" toward Machado among this offseason's prized targets, but they have also considered a "dream scenario" with Trout, Harper and Andrew McCutchen, all former league MVP winners, in the same outfield starting in 2021, per Verducci.In November, Phillies owner John Middleton told Bob Nightengale of USA Today the club was prepared to make a major splash during the offseason."We're going into this expecting to spend money ," Middleton said. "And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it."He added: "We just prefer not to be completely stupid."Although all 30 MLB teams would love to have Trout, the league's gold standard from the moment he arrived in the majors as a full-time player in 2012, a limited number will have the financial capacity to make a legitimate bid if he does hit the open market.The 27-year-old New Jersey native has two seasons left on his six-year, $144.5 million contract with the Angels. The contracts Harper and Machado sign are going to help lay the groundwork for his next deal, though the lifelong Phillies fan will likely be able to command the highest salary in league history.Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw holds the record at $35.6 million, per Baseball Reference.Philadelphia, which is set for quite the NL East battle in the coming years alongside the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves and potentially even the New York Mets if they can get an offense to match their star-studded rotation Walt Weiss Jersey , wants to give itself a chance to land the two-time AL MVP.The only way to keep that within the realm of possibility is abandoning any lingering effort of landing both Machado and Harper this offseason. Rockies news and links for February 4, 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileTime for the veterans to step upNew,39commentsRockies news and links for February 4, 2019MSTShareTweetShareShareTime for the veterans to step upSaunders: Ian Desmond and Rockies’ other big-money players must deliver big in 2019 | Denver Post ($)Spring training will be a time for the Rockies’ young prospects to show what they can bring to the table. When it comes to Opening Day, though, the pressure will be on the veteran stars to prove themselves. Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond, and Charlie Blackmon are the biggest earners on the team Marcus Semien Jersey , and they will each have to show that they are worth their paycheck. Arenado just broke a record with his arbitration, and it’s time for him to show that he can be the Rockies star. Blackmon has to get healthy after his hamstring injury last year. Wade Davis needs to show serious improvement after a disappointing season. Ian Desmond must do a lot more to earn his keep with the team. 2019 will be the time for these players to show what they’ve got. Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: Marquez, Monfort, Arenado, CarGo | Rox PileGerman Marquez is getting some much deserved recognition after a solid 2018. As the Rockies enter 2019, and they have the combination of Marquez and Kyle Freeland, things are looking very good in Colorado. Rockies owner, chairman , and CEO Dick Monfort has expressed optimism about signing a long term deal with Nolan Arenado. Thomas Harding of has claimed that a reunion with Carlos Gonzalez is not terribly likely, as there are serious contenders for the outfield that already exist for the Rockies.Why the Colorado Rockies are ruining their chance to keep Nolan Arenado | Rox PileArbitration is a bit of a difficult thing for players and teams to go through. It runs the risk of creating tension between the star, Nolan Arenado, and the team. While it’s good news that an agreement was reached, it’s still overall a letdown of an offseason, with not very much getting accomplished. It’s going to be a tough conversation moving forward with working toward a long-term deal with Nolan Arenado.

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