The San Diego Padres have been keeping tabs on superstar free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and reports are still indicating that their interest is serious.
The expectation remains that the Philadelphia Phillies will sign one of Harper or Machado, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres are pursuing Machado more aggressively than Philly. However, there is a difference between making aggressive pitches to a free agent and offering the most money. If the Phillies decide they want Machado, they have to financial means to outbid San Diego.
Harper seems likely to sign a bigger deal than Machado, so that might make Machado more of a realistic option for the Padres. However, there’s reason to believe they prefer Machado and may have a leg up on some other teams. There are also more teams in on Harper than Machado, so there are different reasons to envision San Diego signing either superstar. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen.
The New York Yankees would be far more likely to part with Miguel Andujar if they end up signing Manny Machado this offseason, but the up-and-coming third baseman is not concerned about the team bringing in a superstar who could potentially replace him.
Andujar spoke with the media while being honored at the 39th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt on Tuesday, and he was asked about the Yankees’ reported interest in Machado.
“If he would have signed with the Yankees, even better,” Andujar said through a translator, via Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
There are a number of ways the Yankees could handle their roster if they sign Machado. While Machado has expressed a desire to remain at shortstop, the Yankees seemingly have their long-term shortstop in place already with Did Gregorius. However, Gregorius is expected to be out through at least the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery, so Machado could play shortstop in New York in the meantime.
Either way, Andujar insisted he is not worried about the situation.
“No. Not at all,” he said. “I’ve always stayed positive.”
Andujar is just 23 and coming off a year in which he hit .297 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI and an .855 OPS. There would obviously be plenty of interest in him on the trade market, and some rival executives seem to think the Yankees want to move him.
For what it’s worth, another Yankee who would stand to lose playing time if the team signs Machado also insists he wants the free agent slugger to land in New York.
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.
The San Diego Padres are clearly serious about landing a big free agent, and they may be developing a preference for one more than the other.
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Padres may be leaning toward a pursuit of outfielder Bryce Harper, partially for marketing and business reasons, despite having more of a positional need for third baseman Manny Machado.
What is clear is that the Padres are serious about landing one of the two biggest names left on the free agent market, and it doesn’t appear to be the only move they want to make. If they can swing these moves, it would certainly set them on the path toward instant credibility, with Harper becoming the new face of the franchise.
The San Diego Padres have suddenly been linked to the top names on both the free agent and trade markets, and there is reason to believe they are doing more than just window shopping.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com was told by a rival executive this week that Padres general manager A.J. Preller is “trying earnestly” to sign one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado in addition to trading for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Morosi notes that the idea is not all that unrealistic, as the Padres could add a $30 million salary and still be somewhere in the middle of the league in payroll. They also have a very deep farm system and could potentially make the Marlins a solid offer.
In addition to the aforementioned big names, the Padres have also reportedly shown interest in free agent right-hander Gio Gonzalez, who is 33 and coming off a down year. Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star, posted a 10-11 record and 4.21 ERA in 2018, but he went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts after the Washington Nationals traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers. He could end up being a bargain.
All indications are that the Padres are serious about making a big splash, so it’s just a matter of whether or not star players want to play in San Diego. If they’re willing to offer top dollar in what has been another quiet free agent market, they may have a leg up on other teams.
It’s no secret that the Chicago White Sox are interested in Manny Machado, and some of the team’s players were happy to take up the recruiting pitch at the team’s fanfest.
White Sox first baseman Yonder Alonso — who also happens to be Machado’s brother-in-law — FaceTimed Machado during the opening ceremonies of SoxFest on Friday and joined Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu in making a pitch for the star infielder to come play in Chicago.
There has been some speculation that the White Sox acquired Alonso to try to sweeten the pot for Machado. They certainly can’t have any complaints about his recruiting efforts, though it doesn’t seem that Machado is close to finding a landing place at this time.
The San Diego Padres are very interested in Manny Machado, but there are some hurdles to clear before the team signs him.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres want to meet with Machado ahead of a potential pursuit, but there is some chatter that the infielder would not want to play on the west coast. However, there are also apparent concerns from some players about his conduct.
The Padres have some veterans in the clubhouse, like the aforementioned Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer. The hope is that if Machado signed players like that could help keep him out of trouble.
The concerns likely stem from Machado’s conduct in the playoffs, as well as comments indicating an unwillingness to hustle. Other teams have also had concerns about this, but it’s one thing for a front office to have questions and another issue entirely to have to walk into a skeptical clubhouse.
The San Diego Padres are reportedly a surprise entrant in the Manny Machado sweepstakes.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have decided to pursue Machado as a third baseman after reports emerged that he may be available for less money than anticipated.
Acee says that the Padres are “legitimate suitors” for Machado despite their late entry into the situation.
Machado’s market has largely been limited to three or four teams this offseason, depending on who you ask, with the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies considered to be the primary suitors. The New York Yankees have been involved, but there are conflicting reports as to how interested they actually are.
Depending on how serious their rivals are, the Padres could have a very real chance. It likely depends on how much they’ll be willing to pay up, and how close they come to meeting Machado’s demands.
There has been a lot of information leaking out in recent days about Manny Machado and the offers he has or hasn’t received, and it should come as no surprise that the slugger’s father says numerous teams are trying to sign his son.
In an interview with Dominican reporter Hector Gomez on Friday, Machado’s father Manuel said Manny has outstanding offers from four different teams, and at least one of them will surprise you.
Manuel added that where Manny ends up could surprise people.
Several reports have claimed the White Sox made Machado an offer, though there are plenty of questions about the dollar amount. The Phillies are also said to be intent on signing either Machado or Bryce Harper, so they may have extended a formal offer. However, Jon Heyman of Fancred says neither the Yankees or the Dodgers have made one.
There have been reports that Machado would prefer to sign with the Yankees, so they are probably waiting things out to see how the market unfolds. As for the Dodgers, Machado already seemed to bid farewell to them in a social media post, and there has been zero indication that they are interested in bringing him back.
Of course, anything Machado’s father says about the market for his son can be taken with a grain of salt. We saw by the way Machado’s agent slammed some recent reporting that the All-Star’s camp is not happy with the information floating around, and his father is part of that camp.
Rumors have intensified in recent days about free agent infielder Manny Machado, particularly relating to reported negotiations with the Chicago White Sox. In an unprecedented step, Machado’s agent is pushing back against some of those rumors.
Dan Lozano, who represents Machado, issued a statement Wednesday blasting two specific recent reports as “inaccurate and reckless,” adding that reports about Chicago’s negotiations with Machado are “completely wrong.” He further suggested that someone may be violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s prohibition of conducting negotiations through the media by leaking information to reporters, specifically USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and ESPN’s Buster Olney.
One major catalyst for this seems to be Olney’s report that the White Sox have offered Machado a seven-year, $175 million contract. Reporting from other sources has disputed that figure, and Lozano is clearly calling it inaccurate.
The fact is there are a lot of people on both sides of negotiations selectively leaking to the media for various reasons, and there are contradictory reports everywhere you look. It is unusual, however, for an agent to take the step of releasing a statement singling out some of these reports as false.