The situation reportedly "remains fluid" and nothing is set in stone.
Not landing Machado will be a disappointment, but it's not exactly the end of the world.
Machado is still a rental player.
The Phillies should have every opportunity to sign him in the offseason, only without giving up the prospects.
The Dodgers may have even more motivation than the Phillies to make this deal. They lost the World Series in 7 games last season, and haven't won a title since 1988. It makes a lot of sense for them to overpay for Machado.
However, they will most likely not be able to re-sign him after this season. Clayton Kershaw can opt-out of his contract to become a free agent, and will want to be paid.
Can they afford two $300 million dollar players?
Assuming the Phillies don't land Machado, which it's looking like they won't, they still need to upgrade the lineup.
Consistency has been the Phillies issue. With no obvious hole in the lineup, the backup plan could be to get a player that can play multiple positions to give Gabe Kapler more options off the bench, and allow him to ride the hot hand.
This wouldn't exactly spike attendance, but it may be a better option in the long run, assuming they can land Machado in the offseason.
-The bullpen will need to be addressed as well...
There are plenty of arms available. It would be an upset if they didn't upgrade the bullpen.
-Cole Hamels/J.A Happ
Either Hamels or Happ would be a welcomed addition for the stretch run.
Machado (without completely overpaying), Britton, Happ or Hamels.
Happ or Hamels, dominant reliever (ideally a lefty) and Whit Merrifield.... but they better land a superstar in the offseason.