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White Sox exec in ‘shock’ team did not land Manny Machado

Manny Machado

The San Diego Padres and Manny Machado reached an agreement Tuesday on a massive 10-year contract, and at least one team appears to be extremely disappointed about missing out on the free agent slugger.

Shortly after word surfaced that Machado will sign a 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres, Chicago White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams said he thought his team had the highest outstanding offer for the 26-year-old. Williams admitted he is in “shock.”

The White Sox were reportedly considered a “strong factor” in the Machado sweepstakes as of Monday night, but that may have just forced the Padres to up their offer. While many people felt San Diego was only considering signing Machado because the price had seemingly dropped in what has been another quiet free agency, they were clearly serious from the start.

It’s also possible that Machado preferred San Diego over Chicago and took less money to sign with the Padres.

If they want to land a big prize, the White Sox can now turn their attention toward Bryce Harper. However, all signs continue to point to him ending up with another team.

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