The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly trying to maintain financial flexibility with an eye toward a serious push to sign Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout Mike Piazza 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 his year's most coveted players in free agency 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, 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. DETROIT (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria has returned to the dugout.Renteria missed four games after experiencing lightheadedness Monday in Minnesota, but doctors cleared him to return for Friday night’s game at Detroit, and he was in the dugout while the White Sox were batting in the top of the first inning.Bench coach Joe McEwing had been managing the White Sox in Renteria’s place. He was prepared to do so again, saying a couple hours before the game that he wasn’t sure when Renteria was arriving.“He’s on his way back now,” McEwing said. “He’s in air as we speak Neil Walker Jersey , and hopefully we’ll get to see him soon. We’re all very excited.”Renteria had been in Chicago, but the team said his medical tests are now finished.The White Sox also play at Detroit on Saturday night and Sunday. Chicago went 2-2 in the four games under McEwing.“Under the circumstances, it’s not the way you want to go about it, but it’s been fun,” McEwing said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We prepare the same anyway, as a staff. … In that respect, everything stays the same on a daily basis Adrian Gonzalez Jersey , but being able to manage it and put your twist on it, it’s been a great learning experience and one that I never take for granted.”