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#pounditTuesday, August 11, 2020

Manny Machado

Trevor Bauer so happy Machado signed with NL team

Trevor Bauer

San Diego Padres fans aren’t the only ones happy to know Manny Machado will be wearing a Padres uniform for the foreseeable future.

Machado signing a massive 10-year contract with the Padres was met with joy in southern California. American League pitchers that faced Machado on a regular basis were likely pleased as well that he will now be moving to the National League. Included in that group is Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

One look at Machado’s career numbers versus Bauer and it’s easy to understand why Bauer would be ecstatic to face Machado fewer times. In 18 plate appearances, Machado is hitting .643/.722/1.643 with nine hits, two doubles, four home runs, and four walks against Bauer. I’d be happy if someone who had the much success against me was switching leagues too.

Padres intervene after team store prematurely offers Manny Machado jerseys

Manny Machado

The San Diego Padres have yet to officially announce the Manny Machado signing yet, as the player still has to complete one more physical. As long as that’s true, however, he still isn’t technically a Padres player.

That didn’t stop the official team store from putting his jersey on sale a little too soon.

One fan spotted a rack of Machado jerseys at the team store at Petco Park despite the fact that Machado has yet to be announced as a San Diego player.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the store is run by an independent vendor, whom the Padres contacted and told to take the jerseys off the racks. It is unclear if anyone managed to buy one before the mistake could be corrected.

We know excitement is high in San Diego with Machado coming to town, but processes have to be followed here. Machado will likely be announced by Friday, and there will be no shortage of jerseys for eager fans.

White Sox reportedly remain ‘strong factor’ in Manny Machado pursuit

Manny Machado

Don’t discount the Chicago White Sox in the Manny Machado pursuit.

Machado and Bryce Harper are the top two position players left on the market, players many thought would have been signed by now. The infielder has received strong interest from the White Sox, San Diego Padres, and Philadelphia Phillies, among others.

On Monday, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal described the Sox as a “strong factor” with Machado.

Rosenthal’s piece of information comes a day after reports said the Padres had offered Machado over $250 million. On top of that, a report said the Yankees would consider signing Machado on a short-term deal.

Machado batted .297 with 37 home runs and a .905 OPS last season, split with the Orioles and Dodgers.

Padres reportedly have offered Manny Machado over $250 million

Manny Machado

The San Diego Padres have been heavily involved in their pursuit of Manny Machado, and by the sounds of it, they’ve made a very competitive offer.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Padres have made an offer of roughly eight years and $250 million to Machado. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune goes even further, reporting that the financial terms of the offer are even higher than that.

Both Machado and Bryce Harper are going to end up signing very late. It appears, however, that they will still get pretty hefty paydays. Harper is looking at upwards of $300 million, and Machado appears to be moving close to that neighborhood as well. As reported, the deal would pay him upwards of $30 million annually, putting him comfortably near the top of MLB salaries.

Phillies president explains why team has not landed Harper or Machado

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The Philadelphia Phillies made no secret of the fact that they planned to be in on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this offseason. They have done so, but neither of them have signed with the Phillies as of the start of spring training.

Phillies president Andy MacPhail answered for that on Friday, noting that negotiations were a two-way street and that the team had still improved this offseason.

The Phillies are still in, but MacPhail makes it sound like neither player they’re targeting is ready to make a decision. In Harper’s case, there’s the complicating factor of a division rival watching proceedings closely. The Phillies are still interested, but they’re just not there yet.

Padres recently met with Manny Machado

Manny Machado

Manny Machado remains unsigned as pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, but he still has interest from several clubs.

One team with interest is the San Diego Padres, who flew to Miami to meet with Machado within the past week, according the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee.

Whether the Padres have offered Machado a contract is unknown, but the NL West squad has interest in the infielder as well as Bryce Harper. Neither player appears close to signing with a team, with a former teammate sharing an ominous note about Harper’s status.

The Padres are establishing themselves as a team actually intent on building a competitive club, unlike many other teams across the league that are not trying to contend. They showed interest in JT Realmuto and continue to show interest in Machado and Harper. Whether they actually land an impact player is the big question.

Report: Phillies still expect to sign Harper or Machado

Bryce Harper

The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to have an extremely active offseason, but they haven’t made the biggest of big splashes yet. That said, it sounds like they still expect to.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Phillies are still confident that they will sign either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado despite growing interest in the two from around the league.

The biggest threat to the Phillies may well be developing on the west coast, where a new suitor appears to be growing increasingly aggressive in the race for one of the big two free agents. Neither player seems close to a decision, though, so the Phillies seem like they’ll be waiting for a while longer.