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|Was just listening to MLB radio and the host was very chuffed about the deal the Phillies got. As he put it, the Phillies got 13 years for the same money that most people expected him to see in 10. In other words, they get three "free" years at the back end of the contract. Those years are in the contract to lower the AAV, which puts the Phillies in a good place regarding the luxury tax and frees up money to make a serious run at Mike Trout. Also, with no opt-out, the Phillies hold all the cards going forward. On a year-to-year basis, they signed him for a good deal less than Machado. Good stuff.