For the Phillies, this entire offseason has centered around two words: stupid money. John Middleton, the Phillies’ principal owner and managing partner, used that wording to discuss the upcoming offseason back at its inception this past November.
Middleton’s direct quote was certainly a tad more elegant than just that. As he told USA Today, “We’re going into this expecting to spend money. And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.’’
With those two sentences, the Phillies earned the label “team stupid money” and have worked diligently this offseason to make that come true, bringing in plenty of talent around the roster through both free agent signings and trades, all with the idea that one of the marquee free agents — Bryce Harper or Manny Machado — could be convinced to sign in Philadelphia with those piles of dough.
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