Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Major League Baseball hot stove: White Sox offer contract to Manny Machado, report says

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Six-time All-Star Bryce Harper and his agent Scott Boras met with Nationals owner Ted Lerner for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. While it is hard to say with confidence if either report is accurate, the White Sox have made their interest to Manny Machado known throughout the offseason and have the financial flexibility to offer a substantial deal.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the White Sox may be willing to go ten-plus years, but Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Chicago won't go more than seven years for either player.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox were touted as the three main contenders for his signature, but there seems to be many other franchises that also keeping an eye on the situation.

Which brings us to the cases of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two leading free agents in this year's market, and the latest examples of why the game's current economic system is outdated and flawed. The deal on the table was said to be a long-term contract, but worth around $200 million and not the $300 million offer the shortstop was targeting. Remember that both of these guys were expected to get record-breaking deals when they started free agency, perhaps joining Giancarlo Stanton as baseball's only $300 million men or Mike Trout, Zack Greinke, David Price and Miguel Cabrera as guys making $30 million a year. It'd give Machado an average salary of well more than $35 million, the highest in baseball history.

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Harper may have rung in the new year as a free agent, but he reportedly has multiple 10-year offers waiting for him.

Meanwhile, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Nationals are not the only team pursuing Harper seriously.

"...it should not be taken as gospel that the Phillies have offered or will offer Harper 10-plus years. Maybe even into spring training".

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