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Phillies reportedly making Anthony Rendon ‘No. 1 target’

Well, here’s something.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies are making free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon their “No. 1 target,” and aren’t concerned about crossing the $208 million luxury tax threshold, which they certainly would if they signed him.

This contradicts a report from Matt Gelb of The Athletic earlier this week, where Gelb suggested that after the Phillies signed Zack Wheeler to a five-year/$118 million deal, they were “operating under a directive to remain below the $208 million threshold that triggers the luxury tax.