This comes a day after a report saying the Dodgers are the clear favorites to land the slugging infielder.
The Phillies have also been linked to Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre of late and appear set on improving the left side of their infield prior to the season's home stretch. Their front office includes former Orioles executives who are keen on Machado.
Philadelphia is also apparently open to dealing top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez.
One hitch will be Machado's free-agent status at season's end and the uncertainty surrounding where he'll play in 2019. He very well could be a rental for a contender this season before signing elsewhere over the winter.
Still, it's easy to see his appeal as an impact bat. He swatted his 20th home run of the season Thursday and has posted an impressive batting line of .303/.373/.557 over 346 plate appearances.