The White Sox were left disappointed on Tuesday when Manny Machado agreed to a deal with the Padres, but it does not sound like their offer was as superior to San Diego’s as they are making it seem.
Machado has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Chicago offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal. The offer also included incentives.
While the average annual value of Chicago’s reported offer is higher than what Machado will get from the Padres, his deal also includes an opt-out after the fifth season. That means the total guaranteed dollar amount is more than what the White Sox offered, plus Machado has the option of hitting free agency again when he’s still in his prime at age 31.
Judging by the way one White Sox executive reacted to the Machado deal, it seems like Chicago did not realize how serious the Padres were in their pursuit of the free agent slugger. If that’s true, they weren’t alone in that line of thinking.
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.
The San Diego Padres were apparently as serious as any team about Manny Machado, and they have won the sweepstakes for the free agent slugger.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Machado and the Padres have agreed to a contract.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic adds that the deal is worth $300 million over 10 years.
The Padres were said to have offered Machado more than $250 million, so it’s no surprise they ended up with him. There was some talk at first about them potentially just kicking the tires on Machado and Bryce Harper with the way the free agent market shook out, but their interest was obviously legitimate.
We know at least one other team was still strongly in on Machado as of Monday night. That may have caused the Padres to up their offer, or it could have simply been a final effort from Machado’s camp to get more money. If that was the case, it clearly worked.
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.
Depending on who you ask, both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado may have been on the verge of signing massive free agent contracts weeks ago. Yet, the two sluggers remain unsigned, and Chicago Cubs superstar Anthony Rizzo is as baffled as anyone about all the inaccurate reporting.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, Rizzo said he is shocked by how many false reports he has heard about Harper and Machado. But if both players want to end their free agency now, Rizzo says he has made them an outstanding offer on behalf of the Cubs.
“So this is what happened. I offered him half of my 12 (million) that I’m making this year,” Rizzo said, per Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune. “But he turned it down. Put that report out.”
Rizzo was initially referring to Harper, but he said the offer applies to both him and Machado.
“Both. Three (million each),” he said. “I split it in half.”
While the thought of playing with Rizzo and a talented young roster like the one in Chicago might appeal to Harper and Machado, that dollar amount seems a bit low. Harper is expected to sign for more than $300 million, and Machado has reportedly received a massive offer from at least one team.
So why all the false reports? In all likelihood, many of those are being planted by the agents representing the players. That’s part of the free agent strategy, and Harper’s agent Scott Boras is a master of manipulation. Rizzo should direct some of his comments toward him.
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.
The New York Yankees were at one point believed to be the favorite to sign Manny Machado, but it sounds like the slugger may have to take a significant discount now if he wants to play in the Bronx.
Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Machado is still expected to sign with the team that offers him the most money, which is hardly a surprise. However, Heyman notes that the Yankees still have interest in adding the 26-year-old on a “very short-term” deal.
Machado was at one point reportedly seeking a contract larger than the $325 million Giancarlo Stanton got from the Miami Marlins, so it seems highly unlikely that he will agree to a short-term contract. That said, the Yankees are said to be his preferred destination, so perhaps they could blow other teams away with a higher annual salary and less years.
We’ve already heard similar rumblings about Bryce Harper potentially signing a non-traditional contract, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen. While Machado may end up getting less money than he had hoped for, it makes little sense for him to sign a short-term deal when he’s 26 and his stock is this high.
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.
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.
The Philadelphia Phillies showed some signs of improvement last season when they won 80 games a year after finishing dead last in the NL East, and manager Gabe Kapler feels they have already proved this offseason that they are committed to contending for a World Series.
With the Phillies having acquired star catcher JT Realmuto in a trade on Thursday, Kapler was asked on Friday how he would address star free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in the wake of some of the moves Philly has made.
“I think the moves that (GM Matt Klentak) made on our behalf prove that we are in win right now mode and we are going to push our chips in,” Kapler said. “When I see an organization make that kind of commitment, I want to be a part of it.”
Kapler said he was speaking to all players and not just Harper and Machado specifically, but there has been plenty of talk about the Phillies still wanting to sign one of the two sluggers.
In addition to the Realmuto trade, the Phillies also acquired shortstop Jean Segura in a trade with the Seattle Mariners earlier this offseason. Those trades combined with their signings of outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever David Robertson prove the Phillies are serious about ending their seven-year playoff drought.
Harper may be hoping to sign with another team this offseason, but he’s a Scott Boras client who will almost certainly follow the money. That in itself gives the Phillies an advantage over some other teams.