AF...I will tell you why signing MM and Britton is important. Because the Phillies have been telling their phans that they would be signing guys like these two this off season and have asked phans to patiently wait for precisely this moment. It's as much about the credibility of their word as it is the players that they sign that matters, and it does.
My gosh, we probably have been teaching our youngsters how to spell the names Machado and Britton we have heard their names mentioned so often its surprising that they aren't already selling Machado and Britton jerseys at the local sporting goods stores.
It does matter, it just does. And goodness gracious, a day doesn't go by that one of the teams from the NL East doesn't add another player to their roster while, truth be told, the Phillies almost seem stuck in neutral as far as adding to their still flawed roster.
Big Egypt is correct, teams can't just suddenly decide one winter that they are going to spend money and expect players to flock to their organization, it doesn't work that way. The Phillie teams of the 70's and from 2005-2011 had credibility with players and agents. This group...not so much.
Signing MM signifies that the Phils are serious about winning, putting fannies in the seats at CBP, and keeping their word to a frustrated phan base.
Right now the Phils look to me like a 4th place team. For all the talk I have been reading about Trout leaving the Angels in 2 years if they don't start winning, a good case can be made that right now the Angel roster still looks better than the Phillies. Signing these guys matters...and unfortunately for the Phils, both Lozano and Boras know this.