With the Yankees eliminating themselves from the Manny Machado sweepstakes after signing free agent second baseman DJ Lemahieu, the big dog is out of the fight. It’s time for the little guys to step up.
The two front runners are the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies, and the process of trying to appeal to the all star shortstop is starting to get ridiculous.
Back before Christmas, the White Sox, seemingly out of nowhere, traded for first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians. People out of the loop were confused by this deal. The White Sox already have a first baseman in the multiple time all star Jose Abreu. But, the White Sox didn’t make this deal because they needed to increase their depth at first base. You see Yonder Alonso is married to Manny Machado’s sister. The two are incredibly chummy together. Then, again seemingly coming from out of nowhere, the White Sox signed OF Jon Jay. While this decision makes a little more sense, as Jay is a solid role player and the Sox could use some outfield depth, it’s still all apart of the “catering to Machado” process. Jay, along with Alonso, train with Machado in the offseason and the three are fairly close friends. This is like what Lebron did when he returned to Cleveland. The Sox are just putting together a team of Machado’s friends in order to make him happy. It’s insane.
Well, let’s check in on the other likely suitor. Phillies, you’re up.
Around a week ago, a report came out saying that the Phillies had hired the former Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson, someone who was extremely close to Machado during his time in Baltimore, and is even referred to as Machado’s mentor of sorts.
Oh, come on. This is just pathetic guys.
Everyone knows the way to Manny Machado’s heart is MONEY, not any of this romantic comedy, trying-to-get-the-girl shit. Just offer the man what he wants and he’ll play ball, literally.
Well, the White Sox finally stopped dicking around and decided to actually offer Machado a contract. To the baseball world at large, this was a huge deal. It’s the first time that anyone had officially offered and publically released an offer to Machado.
And it came to the tune of 7 years, $175 million. For you mathematicians out there, that’s roughly $150 million less than the reported asking price. Come on White Sox what are you doing? You’re widely seen as the top option at this point, just offer something north of $200 million and you’ve got him.
Well, hold your horses. Another wrinkle has added to this soap opera.
Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, has came out and released a statement in regards to the contract offer announcement, publically shitting on Bob Nightengale and Buster Olney for their tweets about the negotiations, calling them “inaccurate and reckless”. Based on how firey and aggressive Lozano’s comments are, it seems as if the reports were indeed false.
Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group, the agent for Manny Machado, released the following statement regarding recent reports: pic.twitter.com/MmKy9doaFz
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 16, 2019
So, moral of the story is Manny Machado will be a free agent for the rest of time. No one is going to sign him so everyone just forget about it.
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