After almost four months of waiting, Manny MachadoThe free free agency ended on Tuesday when it agreed to sign a $ 300 million, 10-year contract with the Padres, the largest free agency contract ever signed in American professional sports. Only Giancarlo StantonThe $ 325 million 13-year deal has always guaranteed more money to a player. Machado was pursued by other teams, including the Phillies, the White Sox and (at the beginning of the off-season) the Yankees. Although it was already known that New York was not there for Machado, the other two main contenders still hoped to make one of the biggest fish of the season. With this in mind, here are some preliminary reactions to the agreement and some remarks on how those who missed Machado could proceed in the wake of today's news …
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets an overview of how the negotiations themselves went. Machado's agent, Dan Lozano of the MVP sports group, first asked the teams to submit their best offers during the last week of 2018. At the time, Machado had involved six clubs to varying degrees. These offers were close to the $ 300 million Machado coveted camp guarantee and, instead of simply accepting the best offer presented, the agency continued its efforts to raise the price of Machado. In the end, of course, this strategy proved to be a good idea. The whereabouts of Machado's offerings at the beginning of January are unknown, although Lozano has taken the rare step of publicly speaking out against information disseminated on the Machado market, strongly claiming that Machado's main bid was seven years old. and that $ 175 million was "inaccurate and imprudent …". [and] Totally wrong. "
- the White Sox Mac Roso offers Machado an annual value higher than that of the Padres but less guaranteed overall money, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter connections). Chicago's best bid for Machado was a $ 250 million guarantee over eight years, with options and incentives that could have raised the value of the contract to $ 350 million. However, it is rare for players to maximize their incentives and indexers (especially in a market of this duration). It is not surprising that Machado opted for the wider guarantee. Bob Nightengale from USA Today added A little more context, pointing out that the Chicago proposal included a pair of $ 35 million acquisition options, in addition to incentives and incremental indicators.
- Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that a high placed Padres official informed him categorically that the team would not sign Bryce Harper following the agreement with Machado. The Padres payroll will be close to $ 110 million – a franchise record – but if the property is clearly willing to spend more than ever in 2019, it would still be a shock to see another seismic addition. Despite this report, Jon Heyman of the MLB network tweets Harper will not completely exclude Harper's addition. The Padres have clearly done their due diligence on Harper, so maybe they will continue to hide on the periphery in case Harper looks at a shorter-term change of agreement.
- The Acee column also provides insight into how the Padres reached an agreement with Machado. San Diego, according to Acee, had not even expressed a legitimate interest, much less discussed an offer, until mid-January. Their first meetings revealed that the asking price was considerably higher than expected, but, as Acee notes, the general manager A.J. Preller's "creativity and relentlessness" eventually pushed the property to approve the expenses. Acee adds that at present, there is no immediate plan to add another starting pitcher to the mix. Fans of the brothers, in particular, will want to read the column in its entirety, which contains quotes from several Padres players on the announced chord.
- Although Phillies The owner, John Middleton, said sadly speaking of spending "stupid" money early in the off season. The price to pay for Machado apparently reached a point where the baseball operations of the team were simply comfortable. "We think that a player brings some value and we were ready to be aggressive about it," General Manager Matt Klentak told Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News. "If the reports are true, then this contract will exceed our assessment, and you may have to be willing to withdraw." Klentak confirmed that the Phillies were still interested in Harper but warned that the team would simply not be "put in a position where we have to do something at all costs". It is impossible to know if the Phils give objective value to Harper. a number higher than Machado, but agent Scott Boras will likely aim to overturn the Machado guarantee and Klentak has not spoken as anyone who is preparing for an auction war.
- White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn expressed his "frustrations" and "disappointment" after learning that Machado had an agreement with the Padres, writes Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Sox met Machado camp on Monday and made an increased offer (as noted above), convinced that it could put them on the edge of the razor. In the end, though, it seems that the owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, knew how much he felt that he had to leave. "[The Padres’] Property group did a great job in surpassing everyone, " Hahn is praised for the "will of Reinsdorf" to embark on what would have been a contract with a franchise record for ChiSox, which has never signed a player contract for more than Jose Abreu$ 68 million. Hahn said the White Sox had finished in the lead because of the need to "Project to build a winning list and keep young players who will ultimately win more money." As for the money allocated to Machado, Hahn said it would be spent, but not necessarily this off season (Twitter link via Van Schouwen). It should be noted, of course, that the market for free agents next winter has its own share of prestigious names (for example, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Sale, Gerrit Cole, Xander Bogaerts, Madison Bumgarner).